A Bunch of Local Kids Raised $50,000 With TikTok

By djsheryl on May 21, 2021
CHINA – 2021/04/23: In this photo illustration, a TikTok logo seen displayed on a smartphone with USD (United States dollar) currency in the background. (Photo Illustration by Budrul Chukrut/SOPA Images/LightRocket via Getty Images)

Did you download the TikTok app during quarantine last year? So did McKenzie Sutherd, a teacher at Rescue Elementary School. She never really did much with it until her 4th grade students started coming back to the classroom. She started uploading videos with funny observations about life and teaching during a pandemic. When her students eventually discovered her account, they had a three-fold challenge for her….to get a comment from an NFL team, to get Jack Black to say “Hi, Ms. Sutherd’s class” and to get 12,000 shares.

The video went viral and  currently has over 54 million views. She eventually got comments from an NFL Team, ESPN, the US Olympic Team……and eventually, Jack Black said “Hi”. Her students were thrilled. Ms. Sutherd decided to use the experience as a way to teach the kids about using influence to help others! The class decided to do a second challenge video and, if the challenge was met, the class would donate $1,000 to the Shriner’s Children’s Hospital. In just 3 days, they raised $15,000. They did more challenge videos and ended up raising a $50,000 donation!

They now have a new goal…..$ 1 million for the Shriner’s Childrens Hospital and they just got a huge boost when Ms Sutherd appeared on the Ellen Show earlier this week! If you’re interested in helping the class’ donation to Shriners or learning more about the challenge, you can visit the challenge page HERE.

(Photo Illustration by Budrul Chukrut/SOPA Images/LightRocket via Getty Images)