Besides teaching kids about safe social networking through a fun interactive virtual world, Club Penguin is committed to helping kids get involved in creating change around the world even at the youngest ages. In addition to the annual holiday Coins for Change charity event, kids can also log on and help build three real world schools in Ecuador, Haiti and India through web and mobile play for the Build a School online event.
How to Help
Between now and October 1, players can log into Club Penguin and embark on a scavenger hunt, cleaning up the Club Penguin University. The scavenger hunt allows kids to learn about schools around the world and how they can make a difference in the lives of others through game play. As special thanks for their help, players will receive exclusive in-world items, such as a schoolhouse igloo, a pro skater helmet, lab goggles and more.
When the event ends, Club Penguin, in partnership with charity partner Free the Children, will build three real-world schools in the next year. They’ll also donate 14,000 backpacks across the US.
What I Love About Build a School
As a former teacher just returning from the Social Good Summit, I know the importance of education for kids around the world. As the United Nation looks to reduce worldwide poverty, access to education is just one of the many things that can help lift kids out of poverty and Build a School allows our kids to help others through game play.
I know my two Club Penguin fans have loved donating to causes during the annual Coins for Change campaign and I like to think that early exposure to charitable acts inspired my almost 11 year old daughter, Emily, to want to fundraise to support cystic fibrosis research through her ribbon barrette sales.
Club Penguin’s Commitment to Charity
Build a School is not the only charitable giving campaign by Club Penguin. Generous in-world actions made by kids have helped over one million people in more than 42 countries by funding projects like:
- 22 schools built for over 20,000 children
- 40 school libraries built for over 50,000 children
- 33 playgrounds for over 85,000 children
- 35 clean water projects for over 55,000 children & families
- Youth engagement & education programs around the world for over 1,000,000 children & families
To find out more about the ‘Build a School’ program, visit: http://www.freethechildren.com/clubpenguin/.
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