Number of Participants: 50
Hours Donated: 8
Value of Time Served: $3,380
Event Amount Raised: $1,700
Event Type: Children & Youth
Date: November 16, 2017
By building their own arcade games, Barnum Woods Elementary School fifth-graders in the East Meadow School District raised more than $1,700 for those affected by the recent hurricanes. This activity was inspired by the film “Caine’s Arcade.”
According to the “Caine’s Arcade” website, 9-year-old Caine Monroy built his own cardboard arcade, filled with games and prizes, for customers of his father’s auto parts store. When filmmaker Nirvan Mullick walked in, he became Caine’s first and only customer. Through this experience, Mullick created a documentary about Caine’s arcade while also establishing a scholarship fund for him to attend college.
The fifth-graders at Barnum Woods carried out the idea over the course of a month by creating their own arcade games, including foosball, Plinko, pinball and claw machines. Students, parents, faculty and administrators visited more than 100 games and paid 25 cents per game for the chance to win a prize, raising a grand total of $1,767.08 for the people affected by the four major hurricanes experienced in Texas, Florida, the U.S. Virgin Islands and Puerto Rico.
1) Barnum Woods Elementary School fifth-grade teacher Gene Vassel (right) played fifth-grader Jack Carassiola’s “Kick It to Win It” game during the school’s “Caine’s Arcade.”
2) Barnum Woods Elementary School fourth-graders Olivia Barnwell (left) and Valentina Monteverdi (right) are pictured with fifth-grader Logan Capozzoli and his arcade game, “Logan’s Run.”
3) During Barnum Woods Elementary School’s “Caine’s Arcade,” fifth-grader Tommy Stein (left) showed fourth-grader Isabella Castera how to play “Stein’s Swish Machine.”
4) Barnum Woods Elementary School fourth-grader Jessica Cipolla (left) won a prize playing fifth-grader Emily Kong’s “Emoji Krane” game.
Photos courtesy of the East Meadow Union Free School District