Lilly, Aspen, and Emmy -- CIS Change Bandits

Mantua – Three big-hearted fourth-graders at Crestwood Intermediate School have once again gone beyond, personifying their school’s motto, ‘Crestwood Cares.’ For the second year in a row, Lilly, Aspen, and Emmy have decided to take up the cause and become Change Bandits to raise much needed funds for children being treated at Akron Children’s Hospital. Last year, they set up a table in the school cafeteria and asked fellow students, teachers and staff to donate extra pocket change.

The girls were motivated to help after a family friend and cousin were each affected by cancer. They hoped to collect $200 for the campaign, and were pleasantly surprised at their school’s generosity in meeting that goal last year. This year, they are confident they can exceed that goal. They decided, back in the third grade, that even as kids, they could make a difference by becoming Change Bandits. And no matter who you are, you can make a difference, too.

Change Bandits can be anyone – individuals, companies, schools and churches – who “hold up” their friends, family and co-workers for pocket change. The change collected throughout this annual campaign is used to buy child-size medical equipment and to fund patient care, community outreach and research.

In 2013, more than 90 special events, sponsored by the Akron Children’s Hospital Foundation and outside groups or individuals, raised more than $1.4 million for the hospital. Attending or organizing a special event is a great way to support Akron Children’s Hospital. For more information, contact the Akron Children’s Hospital Foundation at 330-543-8340 or visit

To make a change a little closer to home, feel free to stop by the school office to drop off a donation for Crestwood’s Change Bandits at the Intermediate School and support these caring young women in their quest to help others.