Stepping Stone School Raises $10,000 for Ronald McDonald House Charities

*As of August 2019 Stepping Stone School has donated over $80,000 to Ronald McDonald House Charities of Central Texas

AUSTIN, TX (September 2, 2016) – From selling refreshing lemonade, warm cookies and creative crafts, the students of Stepping Stone School in Austin, TX put their business minds and giving hearts to work at the schools’ Young Entrepreneurs & Philanthropists™ summer camp program – all to support Ronald McDonald House Charities of Central Texas (RMHC CTX). The students raised over $6,000 through the sale of their goods, effectively doubling the amount raised last year including additional monetary contributions and in-kind resources provided by Stepping Stone School. Together, they donated $10,000 this year to support the families with hospitalized children that rely on RMHC CTX.

Stepping Stone School’s summer camp program combines teaching students how to plan, prepare and conduct a series of businesses while learning how to give back. The students did everything from developing ads and pricing strategies for their businesses, to learning how to work as a team and most importantly, having fun!

Rhonda Paver, MA, Executive Director of Stepping Stone School said, “Stepping Stone School has been proud to partner with RMHC CTX for seven years and we strongly support the fine work done by this organization on behalf of the children and families of Central Texas. Our Young Entrepreneurs and Philanthropists™ program has successfully increased the amount of funds raised each year by our school age children, while also teaching them the valuable lessons of kindness, caring, gratitude and giving to others.”

Stepping Stone School’s Young Entrepreneurs & Philanthropists Program™ began in 2010 and has supported RMHC CTX from year one. Since they began supporting RMHC CTX, Stepping Stone School has donated over $33,000.*

“It’s amazing when young students learn about creating their own businesses and the importance of giving back to their communities,” comments Carolyn Schwarz, chief executive officer of Ronald McDonald House Charities of Central Texas. “We are so appreciative of their creative ideas to design and sell their goods to support our children and families. It’s because of generous friends like Stepping Stone School that we are able to comfort and care for our families while their children heal in the hospital.”

PHOTO CAPTION: Emily Franke, Development Coordinator at Ronald McDonald House Charities of Central Texas (right) with Stephanie Nowell, Campus Principal of Stepping Stone at Pflugerville and Tyson Wrinkle, School Age Director at Stepping Stone School (left), along with the students who participated in the Young Entrepreneurs and Philanthropists™ program.


About Ronald McDonald House Charities of Central Texas

Ronald McDonald House Charities® of Central Texas (RMHC CTX), a non-profit, 501 (c) (3) corporation, creates, finds and supports programs that directly improve the health and well-being of children and their families. Through the Ronald McDonald House®, Ronald McDonald Family Rooms®, Happy Wheels Carts and Healing Hearts programs, RMHC CTX provides compassionate care and resources to children and families being served by Central Texas hospitals. RMHC CTX programs provide access to quality health care and enable family-centered care ensuring families are fully supported and actively involved in their child’s care. For more information, visit


About Stepping Stone School

Stepping Stone School was founded in 1979 by Rhonda Paver, MA and William Paver, Ph.D and the company continues to be locally owned and managed by the Paver family. Stepping Stone School operates 20 early care and education campus located in the Austin Metro Area and College Station, TX with the 21st school under construction. Stepping Stone School is the 30th largest privately owned early care and education provider in the United States and 10th largest Employer Child Care Management Organization in the nation. Stepping Stone School’s proprietary curriculum Platinum Learning for Life™ is based on over 40 years of direct teaching experience and interacting with children, but also on the finest and most up to date research and best practices regarding how children learn, grow and develop. Stepping Stone School was an early adopter of the S.T.E.A.M. (Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts and Mathematics) concept and it has been incorporated into the programming and curriculum for every age group. The Paver family consistently exercises their philanthropic commitment to the community through donations to organizations whose missions are to better the lives and education of our children and families. For more information, please visit


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