Members of the Summerland Rotary Club are working with students at Summerland Secondary School in the $100 challenge. Groups of students receive the money and use their entrepreneurial skills to create a larger donation. In the back row from left are John Bubb

Members of the Summerland Rotary Club are working with students at Summerland Secondary School in the $100 challenge. Groups of students receive the money and use their entrepreneurial skills to create a larger donation. In the back row from left are John Bubb

Students raise funds to benefit charities

Summerland’s Rotary Club is investing money — $100 at a time — to encourage students to give back to the community.

Summerland’s Rotary Club is investing money — $100 at a time — to encourage students to give back to the community.

Summerland’s Rotary Club has been doing their $100 challenge with Summerland Secondary students for the last three years.

This year, seven groups of students have each been given a $100 donation from the Summerland Rotary Club.

Instead of students immediately donating the money they are given, they are encouraged to use their entrepreneurial skill to find a way to increase their money for an even larger donation to give to a cause or charity of their choice.

This is a great way for students to help out their community, said Rotary Club member Paul Barber.

Students in the past years have come up with some creative ideas.

In the past, one group of students decided to build bird houses and sell them. They raised more than $300.

Another group decided to use their money to encourage students at the school to participate in a blood drive.

The cost for the transportation was covered by the students’ money.

Other fundraising efforts have included running concessions at school events, making and selling cards, scarves and raffle baskets.

Members of the Rotary Club have been asked to serve as mentors if any of the students need help or some advice on the projects.

Denese Espeut-Post is the Rotarian who has put together the challenge this year.