In addition to our Hidden Treasures fundraiser, I also have other projects and fundraisers I am currently working on. These projects are not associated with this fundraiser, but I included it here in case you are interested in participating or just learning about other projects I'm involved in.


Over the past summer, I've been scanning photos, negatives, and slides using a professional scanner. I've been digitizing local people's photos and am planning to continue a few orders throughout the school year. $500 of the profits will be donated to the Equal Justice Initiative (EJI), which is a non-profit that works to help end mass incarceration, excessive punishment, and racial inequality by providing legal assistance to prisoners who may have been wrongly convicted, poor prisoners without effective representation, children who were unfairly convicted, and others on death row who may have been denied a fair trial. These issues are under talked about, and I didn't understand the volume of the issue until reading about it the past few months.


"In the United States, black people are incarcerated at more than five times the rate of white people. As a result, black people are disproportionately represented in our prisons: In 2016, black people made up 12 percent of our country’s population but accounted for 33 percent of our prison population. Conversely, white people made up 64 percent of the U.S. population but only 30 percent of our prison population." (Teaching Tolerance)

So far, I have scanned over $350 which will be donated towards this cause. 

If you are interested in this professional scanning service, please contact me at my email to arrange details. If you would like to learn more about the racial injustice in our prison systems, I recommend reading Just Mercy: A Story of Justice and Redemption by Bryan Stevenson, the founder and executive director of the EJI, reading articles on the Prison Today website, and watching the documentary 13th, where scholars, activists, and politicians analyze the criminalization of African Americans and the U.S. prison boom. To donate directly to the Equal Justice Initiative, visit https://donatenow.networkforgood.org/eji. Thank you for supporting our projects and making a difference in the world!


In the past few months, my robotics team and I have also gotten involved with providing STEM materials to younger kids in less fortunate areas. We made about 75 bristle bot kits to donate, which are mini robots primarily made up of a toothbrush head. In these kits, we included a toothbrush head, motor, battery, pipe cleaner, tape, foam piece, and 2 googly eyes for them to build with. In addition to the materials, we also included an instruction pamphlet, the explanation and the science behind how and why the robot works, a personalized message, an assembly video link, and the link to submit a picture of their own bristle bots. Our team assembled all of these kits to donate to the Richmond Revolution, which is a school providing school resources and STEM material to kids who don't have access to these resources. They especially help support black students who have been hit especially hard by the pandemic. We also donated a portion of the kits to a local hospital, who delivered the kits to kids with the virus. We plan to continue making kits to maximize our impact, and plan on donating them to Ronald McDonald House Charities, which is a non-profit focused on supporting and improving the health of children.


If you are interested in receiving bristle bot kits you can contact us at teamm8381@gmail.com or my personal email. If you would like to donate to the causes we mentioned, visit @richmond.revolution on Instagram or Facebook or https://www.rmhc.org/ to donate to the Ronald McDonald House Charities. For more information about our bristle bots, visit our website at TeamMBristleBots. Thanks for supporting!