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ABCs of Fundraising

— by on June 14th, 2010

Washington and Lee junior Chloe Bellomy is in the news in her hometown of Beaufort, S.C., for a cool project that she has developed there.

An English major with a creative writing minor, Chloe is a Johnson Scholar at W&L, and the story about her novel idea in The Island Packet begins by notig that she has “loved reading and writing for as long as she can remember.”

So when Chloe wanted to raise money to support the schools in Beaufort, rather than go the typical route of selling car washes and candy sales, she naturally turned to reading and writing. She has started an organization called “ABCs for Change.”

Her idea, as reported in the newspaper story, is to create a series of children’s books that would be sold to benefit the schools. The first book, “D for Diversity,” was illustrated by students at a local Montessori school in Beaufort. She combined her writing with the illustrations and published the 45-page, full-color book. She anticipates a variety of subjects for future books and has a website in the works, too.