Some 4th and 5th graders in Queens are looking for community support as they raise money to make their future brighter.
Students at P.S.176 started a GoFundMe page to help raise money for their group called Future Problem Solvers to attend a conference in Wisconsin where they will be participating in the International Scenario Writing Competition. The teams will be submitting projects in which they will present ways to resolve issues that concern their community and the world. The kids will are putting together ideas to combat traffic in front of the school and global identity theft.
“I feel very excited because, well, it's my first year and being in first place means a lot to me,” said one young student.
“It's really special to me because it seems like a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity,” added another.
“There's a large cost associated with the trip. We have 22 students participating and it's about a thousand dollars a student,” said Mark Coccarelli, advisor for the Future Problem Solvers.
The group has held bake sales and received contributions from Chancellor Farina to help in the fundraising.