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Front row left to right: Hser Ku Htoo, Joanne Ni, Madison Stull, Angel Lopez, Thi Ha Phyo, Tar Ler, and Landon DeMoss.
Second row:  Marlene Ramirez, Mikayla Lundy, Armando Ahumada, Lydia Rios, Mrs. Robinson, Jane Gonzalez, Eh Ler Moo Taw, Tiahna Burton and Free Htoo. Back row: Jace Sanderson, Peyton Phillips, Arely Ramirez, Alayna Rice, Ma Sha Hser, Abraham Jimenez, Alexis Torres, and Agustin Morales. Missing: Aiden Phillips, Elizabeth McClellan, David Santos, Miranda Mills, Brock Turnquist, and Joey Chanthavisou


Storm Lake Middle School students and staff were recently challenged. Each of Mrs. Robinson’s classes wanted to send in a microloan to KIVA.ORG ( as part of their learning standards on finance and global citizenship. Kiva is an international nonprofit organization founded in 2005 and based in San Francisco, with a mission to connect people through lending to alleviate poverty. They celebrate and support people looking to create a better future for themselves, their families and their communities.  Each of Mrs. Robinson’s classes chose someone from the KIVA lending pages to send money to and those people are located in Kenya, Lebanon, and Tajikistan.


Then the students dreamed up a color-changing idea to inspire other students to donate coins. If they raised $50 worth of coins, Mrs. Robinson agreed to color her hair either green or blue. And the challenge was on!


Special thanks to Barb Van Haaften of The Cutting Edge for donating her time and products to color the hair and Jennifer Wilson for printing the t-shirt. We are very proud of our students and are pleased to share that the school community raised $114 to donate for the microloans.