with a Heart penny drive
“What can we do to help other children who don’t have enough to eat?”
Students at Prairie Elementary School answered that question by having a penny drive to raise money for “World Vision” a Christian humanitarian organization dedicated to working with children, families and their communities worldwide to reach their full potential by tackling the causes of poverty and injustice.
Led by 6th grade student, Jayce Huling, students took Valentine’s day to heart this year and presented to Mrs. Lydia Deiss, the school counselor, ideas for helping children in need.
Students, Jayce Huling, Sydney Bruner, and Hunter Chaffee gave a presentation to each classroom explaining their idea of collecting pennies, nickels and dimes to buy farm animals for poor families around the world. A goal of $100 was set and collection cans were put in each classroom for a two week period. Everyone was excited and eager to participate. Some students even gave money they received as gifts on Valentine’s Day from their parents.
On Valentine’s Day, the money was counted and a classroom winner was announced. Mrs. Janet Richardson’s 2nd grade classroom collected the most money and was awarded the privilege of choosing the animals that will be purchased with the donation money.
The halls were filled with excitement when students realized that they had collected an amazing $636.17 for the poor! Fantastic! A dairy cow, 4 ducks, a goat, and 2 rabbits will be given in the name of the Prairie Elementary Students to a poor community to help them raise food for their families.
Thank you Prairie Elementary students, for being such great examples of love in action, and for being “Kids with a Heart!”