Wakefield School Trio invests winnings from Regional Fair
Three students who won Honorable Mention in the Junior Division of the 2015 Fauquier County Regional Science & Engineering Fair did something unconventional with their prize money: they donated it, and it multiplied! Wakefield School sixth graders Clay Sailor, Bobby Guiney, and Chandler Brown's group project, the "Effect of Fertilizer and Foliar Spray on Plant Growth" was awarded Honorable Mention and $100 in cash as part of the prize from the Regional Fair on 3/14/15. These young men chose to donate their prize money to their school and challenged others to match this donation. Each of the boys' parents immediately met the challenge, so the $100, plus three additional donations, became $400. Having quadrupled their prize, the boys sent the money to Wakefield School's Development Office with the instruction that they wanted to support their Science Department. The funds were used in a live auction at the school's County Fair Auction on April 18th. Each guest was given a special blue bid paddle to use for the Science Program Challenge Match. By the end of the evening, another $5,600 was raised! Hence, the original $ 100 prize money became a $6,000 donation to the Wakefield School's Science Department. The department is considering a variety of uses for this gift and is discussing creative and impactful ideas. The resourcefulness and generosity of these bright young scientists is an example for all to follow. For further information, contact Ann-Charlotte Robinson, Director of Development and Community Relations, at Wakefield School in The Plains.
The Fauquier County Regional Science & Engineering Fair is run in partnership with:
Fauquier County Public Schools and Learning Tree International, Inc.
Our major sponsors are:
Sharp Science Students Foundation
Linda and John Suter
The Patricia and David Vos Foundation