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See Kids Dream Celebrates 12 Years of Developing Student Leaders in Central Ohio Schools

School is in session, and a record 10,000 students at 27 central Ohio schools are developing leadership skills through See Kids Dream. Now celebrating its 12th year, this local nonprofit helps elementary and middle-school students develop the skills, motivation and confidence they need to make the world a better place.

What’s Cool at School: Power of the Penny

June 2nd, 2017

Kids Dream recently teamed up with students in several central Ohio school districts to teach them the “power of the penny” — raising money for local charities.

Watch the video below to see how they came together to make a difference. – Pete Scalia, 10TV Anchor

Smart Business Columbus

June 2016

As a small organizatoin, See Kids Dream Executive Director Laura Grindle says they’ve learned howto work with other and build meaningful partnerships.

Grindle and her husband Bill started the nonprofit to empower youth with the skills and motivation to make the world a better place. She says they create service-learning programs where children are in charge, so children stay involved with community service later on as adults.

Read more on the interivew with our Executive Director, Laura Grindle, on how See Kids Dream is Building Partnerships within our community.

Sixth-grader Believes in Second Chances

June 2016

An Upper Arlington sixth-grader will host a local dodgeball tournament this weekend to raise money to help link troubled men to resources for rebuilding their lives.

Max Gillum, a sixth-grader at Hastings Middle School, steadfastly believes the struggles that arise in people’s lives — whether through circumstance or faulty decisions — deserve at least an opportunity for redemption.

That is why, inspired by a community service learning program called See Kids Dream, he organized a local dodgeball tournament last year that recruited Upper Arlington elementary school and middle school students to battle it out and raise money to benefit Faith Mission, a 24-hour emergency shelter with two Columbus locations that serves up to 199 men and 38 women in need.

The Power of the Penny

August 19th, 2015


All across the country, there are people in need. Some kids in Dublin, Ohio, are trying to change that through Penny Harvest, a nonprofit organization whose goal is to help kids solve problems in their community. Olde Sawmill Elementary (OSE) School in Dublin has been participating in Penny Harvest for the past three years.

During that time, OSE has raised more than $6,500 and donated to six local charities, including Cozy Cat Cottage and Buckeye Ranch and Cozy Cat Cottage. Buckeye Ranch helps kids who have gone through depression or abuse, while Cozy Cat is an animal shelter that is just for cats.

The Penny Harvest Program is divided into three stages. First, students raise money, and Student Leaders get their school excited to help the community. Classes generate causes that they’d like to donate to, come up with a goal, and get going. William Smialek, 11, says, “It’s not every day you get to raise money and know that every cent you get is going to help people. That’s pretty cool.”

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Students Conduct Judicious Interviews Before Donating

March 11, 2015

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Olde Sawmill Elementary School students are judicious when it comes to giving out money.

The elementary school raised about $3,280 in the fall and is currently deciding which nonprofit organization will benefit this spring in the annual Penny Harvest.

The Penny Harvest is a three-step process: collect change, interview nonprofit groups and schoolwide voting on beneficiaries.

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Student’s Big Dream will Benefit Local Charities

January 14, 2015


When Windermere Elementary School fifth-grader Max Gillum has a dream, he dreams big: He hopes to raise $5,000 to benefit a local charity.

“I want to inspire younger kids like me so they can have the confidence to get off the couch and help people in this world,” he said

In fact, his dream to raise more than any school ever has through See Kids Dream was so big that a special fundraising program was created just for him. The record for donations from a school is $3,500.

See Kids Dream was founded as a service-learning project by a central Ohio couple, Bill and Laura Grindle, to encourage students to support charities.

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Students learn about giving back to community

December 10, 2014

For the fourth year, Olde Sawmill Elementary School students are learning the importance of helping those in need through a yearlong service learning project.

It’s called the Penny Harvest and it is a three-phase program from the organization See Kids Dream, which integrates community service into education.

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Local 5th Grader raises money for Veterans

November 30, 2014

See Kids Dream National Philanthropy Day Award

November 25, 2014

Safelite AutoGlass Foundation Awards $300,000 to Columbus Area Nonprofits

January 22, 2014

Safelite AutoGlass Foundation has awarded $300,000 in Impact Grants to 12 separate Columbus, Ohio-area, nonprofit groups. Each received $25,000. The recipients of Safelite’s Third Annual Impact Grants are:

See Kids Dream aims to develop educated, philanthropic, self-determined youth who become active citizens and leaders working together to make their communities exceptional places to live. The Impact Grant will support the creation and implementation of a new service learning program to develop critical thinking, problem solving, and communication and leadership skills. Students will raise and donate $45,000 to central Ohio nonprofit organizations in 2014.

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