Number of Participants: 7
Hours Donated: 4
Value of Time Served: $237
Event Amount Raised: $1,100
Event Type: Hunger
Date: January 29, 2019
Through the creation of arcade games, East Meadow’s Barnum Woods Elementary School fifth-graders were able to raise $1,100 to donate to Island Harvest.
The third annual Global Cardboard Challenge was inspired by the 2012 documentary Caine’s Arcade. The film highlights how 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.
Fifth-graders at Barnum Woods for the third straight year used the idea to carry out a monthlong creation of arcade games made of recycled cardboard and materials. Some examples of the games that students created included foosball, Plinko, pinball and claw machines. Parents, students and staff were invited to come and play for 25 cents per game on Dec. 17, with all money raised going to Island Harvest.
On Jan. 16, representatives from Island Harvest came to Barnum Woods to collect the donation and to thank the students for their efforts.
“We were extremely proud of the games they created and the generosity of our guests,” said technology instructor and literacy coach Jaime Assortato.
Photo caption: Fifth-grade students from Barnum Woods helped to create a donation of $1,100 to Island Harvest through the Global Cardboard Challenge inspired by Caine’s Arcade.