Brainy Challenge 2020

This year, Brainy did an entirely digital version of his yearly brainy challenge! This is a studio event where students are challenged to practice one piece 8 times during the week to earn the food bank $1. This challenge runs for 3 weeks, so students have the opportunity to earn $3 each for the food bank. Parents can also optionally match that $3 earned by their child.

A stuffed puffin taking a picture of a stuffed octopus and animal erasers.
Brainy taking a picture of the ‘friends’ used to count the money students had earned. The inner circle is the money earned by students (15 as of this picture, later updated to 17). The outer circle is matched donations from parents!

Students did a great job this year! With the studio being online, students had to keep track of their practicing for themselves (using sheets sent out via email). They did a great job tracking their practicing and making sure they did their challenges every week.

Brainy and his photographer, Puffy the Puffin, setting up their ‘thank you’ photo for the students

Brainy Foodbank Challenge 2019

The Brainy Foodbank challenge has concluded for another year! Every year starting in November, Brainy the octopus runs a practicing challenge. Students are given a challenge – they must practice something eight times during the week. Challenges are chosen by teacher and student together. If they complete their challenge, they earn the Foodbank one dollar. This challenge lasts for three weeks, so students have the possibility of earning the Foodbank three dollars each. Brainy uses pennies as counters during the week, then exchanges them for loonies at the bank at the end of the challenge. (Octopi get very good exchange rates at the bank!) :

Puffy the puffin taking a picture of Brainy the octopus

Parents are optionally invited to match donations, so brainy often gets to spend extra on the foodbank food.

This year, students earned Brainy $20 to spend on food for the food bank. He was very impressed. Donations were matched, so he had almost double that to spend!

Brainy likes students to feel included in the shopping fun, so he always makes sure to take lots of pictures. This year, studio friend Puffy the Puffin visited the grocery store with Brainy, taking pictures.

Puffy the puffin taking a picture of Brainy the octopus on their foodbank groceries

Brainy says thank you to all the students for their hard work this year! They did a great job practicing and earned lots of money for the Foodbank this year.

Brainy’s Food Bank Challenge 2017

The Brainy challenge wrapped up last week!  Students who participated in this challenge had 3 challenges over the course of three weeks – one per week.  Students were asked to try and place one piece eight times over the week.  If they succeeded, they earned Brainy a penny.

Brainy at the Grocery Store

At the end of the challenge, Brainy took all his pennies to the Stuffie bank and exchanged them for loonies.  In total, he earned 41 loonies from the foodbank.  Wow!  Students have beaten last year’s record, where they earned 40 pennies during the course of the challenge.

Parents were invited to match the studio’s donation, and Brainy was give both food items and monetary donations.  So in total, Brainy had 78 dollars to spend at the foodbank.  We successfully matched last year’s donation amount.  Great job everyone!

After all the pennies were collected, Brainy went shopping at the grocery store and picked up a lot of food for the Food Bank.  This year, Brainy wanted to go drop it off directly, so he travelled to the Food Bank and dropped it off.  Thanks again everyone who participated in this challenge!  Students did a great job practicing and Brainy is really proud of all the hard work they did earning food for the Food Bank!

Brainy says thank you!