Per GOFUNDME request, prior to releasing the funds we raised, they requested additional details regarding the campaign which are included below:
Who you are: My name is Meaghan Kane Benjamin and extremely grateful mother of one of the inventors. I offered to help set up and manage the gofundme page for the Pulaski 4th grade inventors as we wanted to ensure that all 7 of the children invited to the National Invention Convention had the opportunity to go. It is an amazing opportunity but includes admission fees for both inventor and additional attendees, guardian to accompany each child, hotel for 3 nights, food, transportation to Detroit. Through this amazing community, we have reached our goal and after GOFUNDME takes their fees, we have raised 1021.00 per child which ensures that all can attend....AMAZING!
Where you're from: Chicago, Ilinois (Bucktown)
Your relationship to the parties you're raising funds for: I am the mother of Elias Benjamin, one of the 4th grade Pulaski Inventors who is partnered with Leo and co created the Car Eater (pictured below)
How the funds will be used (be specific as possible): As described in the story above and below: The funds will be used to pay for Invention Convention admission fees (including guardian) as well as hotel nights necessary to attend the convention, transportation and food for the inventor while at the convention. See overview of accounting below.
If you intend to withdraw the money, how you plan to send the funds to the parties you're raising money for or use the money on their behalf: Once funds are available from GOFUNDME, the f unds will be sent via PayPal/Zelle/Venmo to the parent/gaurdian of each child attending . In order to receive the money, the child has to be registered for the National Invention Convention in Dearborn, MI. If the family does not have an online payment option, I will provide a check which the school will administer. We will keep track of accounting and if there are any unused funds, we will put them in a fund to to benefit future Pulaski Inventors.Hi, we are fourth grade inventors!
STORY OF THE PULASKI FUTURE INVENTORS:
Haylee, Joe Ariel, Sasha, Summer, Leo, Elias, and Elvin. We won 1st through 3rd place in the fourth grade category for the city of Chicago Invention Convention as well as 2nd place overall for the entire city of Chicago. We all received an invitation to the National Invention Convention and Entrepreneurship Expo (NICEE – see www.stemie.org) in Dearborn, MI May 31st - June 2nd to represent Chicago.
Above, you can see the Car Eater invented by Elias and Leo which is a portable table that hangs off the back of a seat and has openings for most traditional sized Tupperware. It also has a table that can fold down for games and a laptop. When not in use, it zips up and can stay on back of seat or slide under. It was developed so that kids that have to drive long distances in the car for sports or school can still have a delicious homemade meal, but without the mess. The Tupperware fits in the openings and it contains all the crumbs. A great invention for both kids and parents.
Our group will have 4 inventions represented at the National Competition.
Costs to attend the conference for each child and one parent per child will be:
1) Registration fee for inventor is $300
2) Registration fee is $350 for guardian/parent.
3) Lodging is $148 per night * 3 nights ($450.00)
The total is approximately 1,100.00 per child to attend. We really want to have this opportunity to go and compete Nationally. We would be so grateful if you would help us realize our dream!
Thanks so much:
Haylee, Joe Ariel, Sasha, Summer, Leo, Elias, and Elvin
WE HIT OUR GOAL! All the Pulaski Kids are able to attend the Invention Convention! Thanks to every single one of you for your amazing efforts, donations and positive energy! We can't wait to update you after the big competition!