In California, a group of high school students got busy creating a coloring book. They wanted to help children understand about the novel coronavirus and the pandemic.
Four 15-year-old freshmen, Lauryn Hong, Ella Matlock, Sofia Migliazza, and Erin Rogers, who attend the Long Beach Polytechnic High School put together a business plan for a coronavirus coloring book. It was a project they were doing for their economics class and after creating the outline for it, teachers encouraged them to make it come true. The coloring book is helping educate youth about the coronavirus.
Erin Rogers, one of the creators of the book, established the Be The Change Coloring Co. At first, they were only expecting to sell 25 books to friends and family, but they sold 500 and raised more than $1000 for charity within a month.
One of the teachers for government and economics at the high school, Jeff Montooth, is the teacher who gave them the project. Typically, he asks for an environmental plan but the pandemic caused him to alter that path. The assignment was given by Montooth so that students have the option for a charity-based business associated with the coronavirus.
“We knew we wanted to do something for kids,” Hong, who has two younger sisters, said in a Zoom interview with the Washington Post. “We also knew we wanted to give back to the community. We considered doing a mask-decorating kit, but we decided on a coloring book because we wanted the kids to learn something. COVID is really confusing, even for us, and the coloring book is a way to keep them entertained and help them learn.”
Plenty of kid-friendly advice is provided in the 28-page book. They are trying to get kids to stay safe during the pandemic by doing things such as handwashing, social distancing, and staying at home more often. Fun characters are included in the book and there is even a child-sized mask with each copy.
If you order a book, they will ask you to donate 40% of the $5 sale to a charity of their choice or one of your own choosing.
“Some people respond, ‘Oh, my child really liked this particular page,’ or ‘They really enjoyed this activity,’” said Erin Rogers. “It’s really sweet. People are grateful about it, and that motivates us to get more out.”
It’s nice when people come together and for the greater good.
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