Ms. Kayte Cole.

Service learning success

Sixth graders drop donation boxes around town
“It was awesome to see them get really excited. They’re super into it, and I’m really hopeful we’ll see this be a successful project.”—Kayte Cole.

If you’ve been shopping in Big Sky this month, you may have noticed colorful donation receptacles popping up around town. If you haven’t, take a closer look—the donation containers were created by Ms. Kayte Cole’s sixth grade homeroom students as a way for them to learn about local nonprofits and the unique satisfaction that comes from giving back to the community.

This is one of Ms. Cole’s first projects as a brand-new sixth grade teacher at Lone Peak Middle School and she’s been learning along with her students about the many nonprofits that benefit Big Sky. After studying the ins and outs of how a nonprofit works, each of her 17 students brainstormed how they could help local organizations out, ultimately deciding to place donations boxes around Big Sky. 

Each young student teamed up with another to choose an organization they wanted to donate to. One pair focused on their passion for skiing and avalanche dogs, choosing to gather funds for Big Sky Search and Rescue. Another honed in on their love of animals, creating a donation container to collect money for Heart of the Valley Animal Shelter. Other nonprofits chosen include Women In Action, D.R.E.A.M., Gallatin River Task Force, Eagle Mount and others. 

Boxes went out in early September and continue to be placed around the community, from Hungry Moose Market to Lone Peak Brewery, Caliber Coffee, Buck’s T-4, By Word of Mouth and Blue Ribbon Builders, with more being added and moved around in the coming weeks.

Seeing her students’ enthusiasm in getting the boxes out there and helping nonprofits they believe in, Ms. Cole hopes the community will take the opportunity to show their support as well. 

“It was awesome to see them get really excited,” she said. “They’re super into it, and I’m really hopeful we’ll see this be a successful project.”

If you’re a business owner or manager who would like to have a donation container added to your location, email Ms. Cole at—JP


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