Summary: to raise money for a school bake sale for a microfinance organization called Wokai, two girls and their homerooms from Redmond’s Overlake school will hold a unique “challenge” bake sale on May 11.
Redmond, WA – May 3rd, 2011 – When it comes to fundraising, a cute little bake sale is almost always the best way to go. Kids love brownies and charities love donations. But normal bake sales are just so dreary that the spirited kids of Overlake had to spice up this sweet event.
All of a sudden, it doesn’t seem so easy to sell your cookies when another team is doing the exact same thing across the cafeteria. The homeroom that raises the most money will be the ultimate champion. No one’s ever done this before, but that doesn’t mean they aren’t going to be competitive. The Hunt homeroom in seventh grade will be facing off with the Chaplin homeroom of fifth grade, and the girls, Ada (seventh grade) and Betsy (fifth grade) Campbell, who started the fundraiser are in those opposite homerooms. Luckily, as siblings, there is no mercy, and the other kids aren’t exactly easy on each other either. As schoolmates, they’re as friendly as can be, but put Overlake kids on different teams and they will fight to the bitter end. This sugary war will be waged on May 11th.
The organization that will be getting the donations from the challenge bake sale is called Wokai, a non-profit micro-financing group that helps the people of rural China become entrepreneurs by giving them small loans. Loans are repaid to Wokai, not individual contributors, giving them increasing power as the funds base increases.