Diane Winkler’s Bottle School Fundraiser!

How kids and communities come together to build bottle schools



Thanks for visiting our fundraising page!


On January 23th, 2019, our sweet mother, Diane Winkler peacefully passed away. I am a true believer that you can store your history in any way you want, and I want to have her passing have meaning in a sustainable, wonderful way. “Grandy” as she was known to by her 11 amazing grandchildren, was a former junior high English teacher and a voracious reader. I have to believe she set a world record for the number of books she consumed! I can’t think of a better way to honor her than building a school in her memory and honor.


Recently, I felt compelled to join a group called Hug It Forward, a most wonderful non-profit that builds schools made out of recycled bottles! We had the opportunity to work side–by-side with the community who had collected 10,000 water bottles and stuffed them with inorganic trash. These eco-blocks became the insulation or wall for the school, covered over with cement! Not only is this an affordable way to help build schools and education, it also results in a cleaner community and better air quality from less burning trash…It’s a win, win, win!


Now I am hoping to return and build a school in honor of our wonderful mom and Grandy. The goal is to raise $21,000. This will fund the building of a 3 classroom school! What a deal!


Additionally, those of you who are interested will have the opportunity to actually go to Guatemala and help build the school and meet the community!!!! (More details to follow on that at a later date.)


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Xoxopeace and love,
Valerie and the Winkler/Lewis families


If you would like to support Hug It Forward, please follow these steps:


1. Write a check in the amount you’d like to donate and make the check payable to “Hug It Forward”. Please make sure you state in the memo line of the check that your donation is to support the “Diane Winkler’s Fundraiser”.


2. Mail the check to Hug It Forward at:

Hug It Forward
4600 Hampshire Dr.
Flower Mound, TX 75028


1. You can make your donation through PayPal by clicking the button below. If you choose this option, please make sure to provide a note in PayPal that your donation is for the “Diane Winkler’s Fundraiser”.

Important Note: Hug It Forward is a 501(c)(3) registered non-profit organization in the USA and your donation is tax deductible. Once the checks have been received by Hug It Forward, they will email a tax deductible receipt to you. Thank you!