While most first graders are concerned with such pressing matters as what the programming schedule is for Cartoon Network, occasionally there comes a first grader with a different set of priorities. Jackson Harris is just such a kid. He spearheaded, with his classmates from Mrs. Yeiser’s class at Deerfield-Windsor School on hand to help, a fundraiser for the Albany Advocacy Resource Center in Albany, an advocate for adults and children with development disabilities.
The parking lot of Harvest Moon bristled with people lining up to pay a dollar each for coffee and doughnuts, all for a good cause. Jackson’s classmates lined the roads, holding up signs to entice drivers to pull in and snag themselves a tasty treat.
One question on everyone’s mind was what would possess a first grader like Jackson Harris to tackle fundraising, something that’s generally associated with adults? “I wanted to help some other people and Albany ARC does a lot for kids who aren’t able to do all the things me and my friends can do,” Jackson said.
When asked how much money he hoped to raise, he said that he hoped for $1000, but his mother interjected that their real goal was $500 which was still a lofty goal. The end result? Jackson Harris and his first grade class raised $600.
In a world where adults often lament the apathy of the younger generations, a boy like Jackson Harris and his classmates should give them all pause. It’s not every day that a child his age steps away from the world of video games and television to help out the less fortunate.
Deerfield-Windsor first grader Jackson Harris raised $600 with his doughnut fundraiser at Harvest Moon’s parking lot for the Albany ARC this past Saturday.
Bonnie Jefferson contributed to this report.