Atlanta Adventist Academy (AAA) is a collection of campuses located in Georgia, Tennessee, and Alabama. The educational format is unconventional because students from several different places are connected in real-time using interactive videoconferencing technology.
One of the traditional aspects of AAA’s program, however, is their chapter of the National Honor Society. Twenty-six students, from several different campuses, are members of the society. The end of this last school year, NHS students led a school-wide fundraiser called “Pennies for Patients.” The idea was to collect loose change during the month of February and donate those funds to the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society. Day one of the campaign started with a special guest speaker for chapel and then presented the campaign to the students with an added twist: Each class (freshman, sophomore, junior, and senior) would try to outdo the others by raising the most money, and the winning class would receive a special award.
The junior class raised the most funds, but the total results were jaw dropping. An official at the NHS national office had said that a good goal would be raising $1.00 per student for a total of $140. However, students raised $867.24, which equaled more than $6.00 per student—six times the goal set for the school.
Other campaigns, both with the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society and ADRA, have produced similar results. For example, in a Christmas-time fundraiser, the school raised more than $1,100 for ADRA's annual “Gift Catalog Campaign." The approach was the same—collect pennies and loose change then donate what was collected.
AAA isn't large in number, but this doesn’t affect its ability to do great things. Every campaign, project, and fundraiser is approached with life and love, and as a result, the students have exceeded expectations and distributed significant gifts to those who need it most.
Written by Ken Brandon, Atlanta Adventist Academy National Honor Society president