Local Teens Create Funding Platform with Parking Meters
Make Change Count for Schools
Rancho Peñasquitos teens Alex Wu and Sohan Subhash created the organization Make Change Count for Schools (MCCFS) in hopes of starting a funding platform for local education programs. Through the use of donation meters, MCCFS seeks to promote active community participation that is both convenient and effective. Alex and Sohan explained, “The donation meters are repurposed parking meters that will be installed in front of local schools. Parents and students can use the meter to donate spare change, and will also be able to make other donations to schools via credit card.” Their concept for MCCFS came from the existing nonprofit organization called Make Change Count, which uses donation meters to raise money for the homeless, primarily in the Downtown San Diego region. With help from San Diego-based parking technology company IPS Group, Inc., Alex and Sohan were able to make their idea a reality. They added, “Our first meter was installed at Los Peñasquitos Elementary School last month and we have been granted approval by PUSD to expand to other schools in the future.”
Both Alex and Sohan are seniors at Westview High School. Alex is involved in a wide variety of activities and enjoys playing volleyball. Sohan is particularly interested in computers and product design, but also enjoys learning about European history and architecture. For more information on MCCFS and how the donation meters work visit www.makechangecountforschools.org.