A group of California high school students created a coloring book to help kids better understand the novel coronavirus
Four students at Long Beach Polytechnic High, 15-year-old freshmen Lauryn Hong, Ella Matlock, Sofia Migliazza and Erin Rogers, created a business plan for a coronavirus-themed coloring book as a capstone project in their economics class. Teachers encouraged the girls to turn the assignment into a reality, and use it to contribute to the fight against COVID-19.
One of the book’s creators, Erin Rogers, says her group’s newly-established Be The Change Coloring Co. only expected to sell 25 books, to friends and family. To their surprise, the girls sold about 500 copies and raised over $1,000 for charity in the first month“We knew we wanted to do something for kids,” Hong, who has two younger sisters, said in a Zoom interview with the Washington Post.
“We also knew we wanted to give back to the community. We considered doing a mask-decorating kit, but we decided on a coloring book because we wanted the kids to learn something. COVID is really confusing, even for us, and the coloring book is a way to keep them entertained and help them learn.”
The 28-page book includes kid-friendly advice to stay safe during the pandemic, like the importance of hand-washing, social distancing and spending more time at home. The book features fun characters, and a children’s sized mask is included with each copy.
Anyone who orders a book is asked if they’d like to donate 40 percent of the $5 sales to a suggested charity or one of their choice.
(Photo courtesy of Be the Change Coloring Co.)