Combined efforts from approximately 360 students and numerous staff, faculty and administrators, helped CCES raise $1,540.39 for those in need at Riley Hospital for children.
The fun, educational program fosters a love for reading and helps raise funds and awareness for sick children being treated at Riley.
The fundraising goal was $1,500.
"Yesterday (Thursday), we didn't think we were going to make our goal," CCE second-grade teacher and Read-in co-director Jennifer Schroer said. "We were about $340 short, with only 360 students. So we told them all to bring in a dollar today. It was very exciting to find out our final total."
The school's goal is to incorporate reading curriculum, inspire students to become life-long philanthropists and educate them about the needs of others.
Students said they don't contribute to receive a reward, but everyone who brought in a $1 donation was eligible to become a contestant during Friday afternoon's "Minute-to-Win-it" competition, where students raced each other to the finish while performing strategic tasks, like building structures out of computer papers packages and completing small obstacle courses.
Robby Burkle, a second-grade student in Schroer's class, said, "I was really happy our class raised the most this year. Last time, we raised a lot of money, but my class didn't win. I was still grateful the other class won though. I'd rather help all the kids than even do the Minute-to-Win-it stuff."
Burkle, along with all his classmates, will be rewarded with a pizza party.
"I've heard other teachers had kids come up and ask if they could bring in money for the other students so they could participate," CCE second-grade teacher and Read-in co-director Emily Pair said.
Schroer added, "Some of my students knew others weren't able to bring in money, so they asked if they could bring in $26 to cover everyone in the class to make sure they could all participate. I had three students do that. (The event) really brings out generous spirits."
Both teachers said even though heading the event is a big job, it gets a little easier knowing it's for a good cause.
"It's fun planning and knowing all the fun is for a good reason," Pair said.
Schroer, who has co-directed the philanthropic effort for three years, said, "I just have a heart for it."
Newly positioned CCE Principal, Michael Owens, who began his administrative duties amidst the joyous chaos the fundraiser ushers in said, "We are very proud of all the students, and these ladies (Schroer and Pair) have done a wonderful job."
If you would like to find out more about the Riley Read-In or Kids Sharing and Sharing contact Clay City Elementary School at (812) 939-3120 or visit the Riley website at http://kidscaringandsharing.org/