A classic after-school bake sale was all it took for a few Summit County students to help with the Colorado floods recovery effort.
A group of fourth-graders at Summit Cove Elementary raised more than $340 for victims of the recent flooding near Boulder.
Student Scarlett Murphy heard about the tragic events on the news one evening and immediately decided she needed to do something to help. She and her fellow classmates — Madison, Ella, Elizabeth, Olivia, Alexis, Noelia and even Scarlett’s little brother Landyn — took charge, organizing and selling for a good cause.
Her mother, Cindy Murphy, said Scarlett went to her principal and teachers and got the go-ahead for a bake sale on her own.
“For me, as a parent, I would have taken my time to execute it, but she just went out there and made it happen,” she said.
Classmates made signs and posters to advertise the sale, and for four days after school, the students embarked on 15-minute selling sprees.
“I had no idea it would be so popular,” Murphy said.
Before the bake sale week, Scarlett and her father went to shops around Summit County to see if any companies wanted to donate baked goods.
Blue Moon Bakery dropped off a large box filled with cookies and brownies, and Safeway contributed pastries as well. For the last two days of the sale, one mom made 100 cake pops, which Murphy said were the biggest sellers. The sweet treats all sold for $1 each.
The school is also currently hosting children from two displaced families, making the fundraising even more impactful.
“As we continued on we found out two families from Lyons were relocating up here with their kids,” Murphy said. “Having them going to our school just made it more personal.”
The bake sale organizers also gave $20 gift certificates to Blue Moon for each family.
The school is now hosting a shoe drive to collect gently used footwear for flood families in need. They have yet to drop off the donations, but Murphy said she hopes this small effort by her daughter and her friends can show others how easy it is to help.
“It came together so easily,” Murphy said. “These families were very grateful.”
For more information or to donate to the Colorado floods recovery effort, visit www.helpColoradonow.org.