Student scheme to save change from school lunch money could raise millions for charity

The TES is reporting that a scheme devised by students to donate pennies left on ParentPay cards could potentially raise millions for charity.

…Last year, a school team from Hackney won the grand finals of the Mosaic Enterprise Challenge with a concept that could potentially raise £14.4 millon a year for charity.

iRoundUp…was created by a team of five students from Skinners’ Academy … The scheme allows students to donate spare change to a nominated charity from the electronic currency stored on their ParentPay school identity cards.

The students’ mentors had encouraged them to develop a concept that would benefit the wider community…

Dalia Abubakr, communications and student support officer for Skinners’ Academy. … says: “After a long conversation explaining how ParentPay’s lunch money system worked and the process of how parents topped up money, one student pointed out that they always wound up having odd change left on the card. ‘What are we supposed to do with two or three pence?’, she said. And so the iRoundUp concept was born.”

…iRoundUp not only won the grand finals but was also picked up by ParentPay and the company has since been working with Skinners’ Academy to make the concept a reality. They hope to launch the tool to schools using ParentPay’s system in June 2016…

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