CENTRAL SCHOOL STUDENTS: SHOWING THEY CARE, LEARNING TO SHARE

October 18, 2001 12:00 am
COINS ADD UP: From left, Central School students Amanda Kuehn, Breann Mayberry and Larame Wright put coins in a change-counting machine at Wells Fargo Bank Wednesday. Students raised $1,050.29 for terrorist attack victims. (The Observer/KELLY WARD).
COINS ADD UP: From left, Central School students Amanda Kuehn, Breann Mayberry and Larame Wright put coins in a change-counting machine at Wells Fargo Bank Wednesday. Students raised $1,050.29 for terrorist attack victims. (The Observer/KELLY WARD).

By Dick Mason

Observer Staff Writer

Central Elementary School students are reaching out to the victims of the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks by lending a hand in the community.

The students have raised $1,050.29 for the attack victims through a school-wide coin drive. Many students did projects such as sweeping sidewalks and porches to raise the money.

This has helped the children cope with the Sept. 11 tragedy, said Central fourth-grade teacher Barb Ely. It has helped them feel like they could do something positive to help a tragic situation.

Students involved in the drive included Amanda Kuehn, who raised $35. The third-grader swept porches, cleaned out cars and walked four dogs to raise funds. The canines included a poodle and a black lab.

I really like dogs. I am used to playing with them, Amanda said.

Second-grader Larame Wright raised $21 with the help of his mother, Lisa. The two made patriotic red, white and blue pins which they sold for $1.

Larame feels good about the chance to reach out to the people on the East Coast who were hurt in the Sept. 11 attacks.

I care about them (the victims). It is sad, Larame said.

Another Central student who made a substantial contribution was Breann Mayberry. She raised $101 by conducting a bake sale and collecting pop cans. Breann held the bake sale with the help of her mother, Lisa Gust.

We baked all night, Breann said.

Centrals students collected $741.29 in coins and $309 in paper currency. The money was taken by Larame, Amanda and Breann to Wells Fargo Bank Wednesday with the help of Barb Ely and fourth-grade teacher Judy Martin.

The coins were counted by machine. So many coins were brought in that the process took a half hour.

The money the students raised will go to Silver Shield Foundation. The primary purpose of the organization is to assist in funding education for children in New York City who have lost parents who died while serving as firefighters or police officers.

Ely said Centrals project was more meaningful because the students worked for it rather than just ask for donations.

We wanted them to go out and do something so that they would really feel like they were part of the project, Ely said.