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On Feb. 7, eighth graders at Oldfield Middle participated in The Charity
Challenge—a fundraising competition in which proceeds were donated to
the charity organization myFace.
Each year, eighth-grade students at Oldfield Middle choose a charity
they’d like to support with this grade-wide fundraiser. After rounds of
persuasive speeches within classrooms, students vote on their peers’
essays. Ten semifinalists are then chosen to present their charities to
the entire grade. This year’s winner was Wyatt LaFountaine, who chose
the charity myFace – a non-profit organization dedicated to transforming
the lives of patients with facial disfigurement. Focused mainly on
children and their families, myFace funds medical, surgical, dental and
psychosocial services as well as research and public awareness.
“I have a personal connection with this charity,” Wyatt said, “and I was
so thankful my classmates chose myFace. This organization help so many
people, and make so many lives better…and we’ll be helping them do
To participate in the challenge, students paid an entrance fee, plus any
additional funds they raised and formed teams. Students participated in
physical and mental challenges, such as human “Hungry Hungry Hippos,” a
ring toss, Kahoot trivia, and more.
“My parents always told me that our generation is going to be the one to
make a difference,” said eighth grader Quinn, “and being able to
participate in something like this really makes me feel like that’s