Part of going to school is being a part of various kinds of fundraisers. I remember being involved in various -athon type of events when I was in school. Of course I was able to see grandparents and other relatives face to face and could collect money by asking them to sponsor me in person. It really makes me sad that my kids can't do that because we live so far away from family. However, we are blessed with technology so Sam really can ask you to sponsor him!
His fundraiser is a Mathathon that is raising money for St. Jude Children's Research Hospital. They are taking technology to yet another level because you can even donate online and it will be counted as Sam's sponsors! Here is the link to his webpage www.mymathathon.org/samhicks. Donations are due by October 7.
I am sure that there will be other fundraisers throughout the year, and we will not participate in all of them, but this one has given us the opportunity to show our kids that money can be raised to benefit others. They have been asking a lot of questions about the hospital and about the sick children that are there. Even though this is technically Sam's fundraiser we of course are treating it as a family project and learning opportunity. They were amazed to know that the money collected will go to the hospital to help take care of the sick children - you know to buy bandaids and cough medicine and stuff like that (their words, not mine!)
If you do sponsor him please make sure you include your email address so that I can let you know how he does with his mathathon book.