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Thompson Kids Can Change the World Contest

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Every Spring Thompson School District holds the Thompson Kids Can Change the World contest, which recognizes students who are making a positive impact in their community.

Students submit ideas for projects they would like to implement that will help make a difference in the world.

2024 Application Open through April 5

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Submit a step-by-step plan online by April 5 about how you can change the world.

1 Winner in Kindergarten - Fifth Grade

1 Winner in Sixth - Twelfth Grade

Winners will receive:

  • $300 to implement the idea
  • Assistance connecting to a business to help
  • A feature story about you

2023 Winners

Arabella Knuth leans up against brick wall

Arabella Knuth

Coyote Ridge Elementary School
Grade 2

Arabella Knuth coordinated a stuffed animal donation drive, purchased stuffed animals, and distributed them to Foster and Adoptive Families of Larimer County.

She helped change the world by helping foster children feel cared for and adjust to temporary homes.

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Sara FitzpatrickĀ 

Bill Reed Middle School
Grade 8

Sara Fitzpatrick created communication assistance bags for the Loveland Police Department to assist them with individuals that they help who are non-speaking due to disabilities or anxiety.

She helped change the world by giving non-speaking members of the community and the police department a tool to help each other be able to communicate, providing better understanding to ensure their safety.

2022 Winners

Genevieve LaFerriere

High Plains School
Grade 5

Genevieve organized the "Day 2 Change Challenge" for Thompson School District students in which they picked up litter in the community.

She changed the world by helping clean the community and set an example of environmental responsibility.

Emory Gordon

High Plains School
Grade 8

Emory coordinated a cultural fair in which diverse cultures were represented to educate and share different backgrounds.

She changed the world by creating an opportunity for more cultural awareness to help unify the community.

2021 Winners

Lauren Dietz’s Community Garden

Lauren Dietz, a winner of the 2021-2022 Thompson Kids Can Change the World Contest, addressed food insecurity by building a community garden. Discover her impact on her community.

Read Lauren's story

Kelly Clingan’s Clothes Closet

Kelly Clingan, a winner of the 2021-2022 Thompson Kids Can Change the World Contest, created a cohesive plan for the Eagle Clothes Closet, a free clothing resource for students in need at Thompson Valley High School.

Read Kelly's story

2019 Winners

Khloe Lloyd stands in front of Truscott Elementary School

Khloe Lloyd

Truscott Elementary School
Grade 2

Khloe coordinated a car wash for Loveland Police Officers to honor and celebrate them.

She changed the world by helping police officers feel apprieciated and respected for the work they do.

Ashley Arthur

Mountain View High School
Grade 11

Ashley created resources boxes for high school students and placed them in classrooms.

She changed the world by giving high school students tools to learn coping skills to better handle struggles.

2018 Winners

Charles Forbes Wond

Coyote Ridge Elementary School
Grade 5

Charles made a delivered care packages to senior citizens in rehabilitation centers.

He changed the world by helping people in rehabilitation centers to improve their health by feeling happier.

Malia Joshi, Taylor Patterson, Olivia Culbertson, and Teagan Clark

High Plains School
Grade 7

Malia, Taylor, Olivia, and Teagan made and delivered activity bags to children in hospitals.

They changed the world by lifting the spirits of children in hospitals at a time when they needed it most.

2017 Winners

Olivia Bergsten

Garfield Elementary School
Grade 5

Olivia coordinated a project to make blankets for children in hospitals.

She changed the world by bringing comfort to children in area hospitals who were struggling with illness and needed encouragement, especially those without family in the area.

Josh Robertson

Lucile Erwin Middle School
Grade 8

Josh completed construction of an outdoor education classroom at Centennial Elementary School, for which he received the Eagle Scout Service Project Award.

He changed the world by helping students learn about the world around them. He brought the community of Loveland together by reaching out to organizations, companies, and residents to cooperate to fund, construct, and beautify an area of the city.