Hunt’s ‘Red Solo Cup’ drive yields thousands for hurricane relief

MADISON – Pocket change. Loose coins. 50 cents. Most people nonchalantly forget about pocket change, but fourth-grader Chris Hunt realized a way to help others.

At Madison Elementary School, “Chris came up with a great idea for our school to contribute to recent hurricane victims,” his teacher Joy Wilson said. On Oct. 2, Chris and the other student ambassadors distributed red Solo cups to every student at Madison elementary.

“The challenge was to fill up the cup with change they collected throughout the week. Oct. 6 was the last day for everyone to turn in their collections. It was then counted for the donation,” Wilson said.

“As a school, we donated $2,925 to American Red Cross for hurricane relief,” Principal Melissa Mims said. Chris and Madison elementary’s ambassadors presented the money to Rachel, American Red Cross representative, on Oct. 27. Rachel presented Chris and the ambassadors with an American Red Cross bag containing a watch and other Red Cross memorabilia.

“I just wanted to help the people who had been hurt by the hurricanes,” Chris said.

Chris’ motivation came from a story, “Dollars and $ense,” that his class read. “The persuasive article showed that how behind the success of some of big businesses, like Tom’s Shoes and Hard Rock Cafe, is a desire to help others through giving back with the profits they make,” Wilson said.

“They were persuading you to believe that helping others is good business. That was the driving force behind Chris’ great idea,” Wilson said.

Chris chose to use red Solo cups, today synonymous with a party, because he “thought it would be easy to take home and an easy thing to carry around to collect or put the coins in.”

“Chris is a very empathetic child, so you can see how he would come up with such a great idea like this coin collection,” Wilson said. At first, Chris discussed his idea with school counselor Stefanie Cook to gauge her thoughts. Cook scheduled a meeting about the details with Mims.

“You could see how excited Chris was about our school trying to do something great for something that had been so terrible to so many. It has been a good life lesson for him because he sees how much one person can make a difference for so many others, even if it is just collecting coins,” Wilson said.

Chris’ parents are John and Michelle Hunt.

FRONT PAGE FEATURED

“I’m Meant To Be Here”- Dell Pettus Signs With New England Patriots- Former Sparkman Player Goes Pro

Lifestyles

Get those pumpkins planted: Halloween starts in July

Events

CAFY Back to School event to be held Saturday at Calhoun’s Huntsville campus

Bob Jones High School

Teachers support DIAL Scholarship program at UAH

Events

Joe Davis Stadium to host UNA vs. Jax State collegiate soccer match Aug. 18

Huntsville

UAH announces search for a master developer to enhance college-town experience

Events

Huntsville Parks & Recreation to host inaugural Color Jam Family Fun Run & Walk

Madison

Fernandez named Assistant Coordinator of Accountability and Innovative Programs

Madison

ALEA reports 9 traffic deaths, 3 drownings over July Fourth travel period

Madison

Management institute awards scholarship to Michelle Epling

Madison

Sarah Crouch’s debut novel, ‘Middletide,’ sets whodunnit in Puget Sound

Liberty Middle School

White named Secondary Instructional Technology Specialist

Madison

Nominations open for chamber’s Annual Gala Awards

Bob Jones High School

MCCL wishes good luck to 4 graduating seniors

Madison

DIGITAL WELLNESS: UAH researcher studying ways people are detoxing from addictive technology

DIGITAL WELLNESS: UAH researcher studying ways people are detoxing from addictive technology

Madison

Workers and high school students learning new skills at Calhoun Construction Academy

Digital Version

Digital version of The Madison Record – July 10, 2024

FRONT PAGE FEATURED

Bodybuilding Championships To Showcase Body Perfections

Madison

Arrest made in shooting death of teen in Madison shooting

Madison

Garbage truck slams into Madison house injuring one

Madison

HONORING OUR PATRIOTS

Madison

Historical society accepts Alabama House resolution at picnic

Madison

Madison Station Historical Preservation Society reaches 40th anniversary

Harvest

Audience can chill to Calypso Vision on July 11

x