2011-12-22 / News

Giving to those in need

Local schools raise money to help others
BY AMANDA BRANIECKI 810-452-2647  abraniecki@mihomepaper.com


Mason Elementary teacher Robin Allen and her fourth grade students show off the toys they purchased for Toys for Tots. Their gifts were dropped off to the American Legion Hall, located off of Grand Blanc Road, and were treated to hot chocolate and cookies for their efforts. 
Photo by Amanda Braniecki Mason Elementary teacher Robin Allen and her fourth grade students show off the toys they purchased for Toys for Tots. Their gifts were dropped off to the American Legion Hall, located off of Grand Blanc Road, and were treated to hot chocolate and cookies for their efforts. Photo by Amanda Braniecki GRAND BLANC — In the spirit of giving this holiday season, three local schools have been fundraising in an effort to help those in need.

Last week, Walmart in Grand Blanc was filled with students from Mason Elementary, Myers Elementary and Woodland Park Academy as each were on a shopping field trip purchasing items for their respective organizations.

The fourth grade Mason Elementary students from Robin Allen’s class and the entire student body at Woodland Park both directed their money donations toward Toys for Tots with Allen’s class raising $770.03 and Woodland Park raising more than $3,800. Whereas all four of Myers Elementary’s fourth grade classes chose to donate about $1,500 they collected to Grand Blanc’s FISH program.


Fourth grade students from Myers Elementary shopped at Walmart last week in search of items to give to the families they adopted through the Grand Blanc FISH program. 
Photo provided Fourth grade students from Myers Elementary shopped at Walmart last week in search of items to give to the families they adopted through the Grand Blanc FISH program. Photo provided Allen said this was the second year her students had raised money to purchase items for Toys for Tots.

“All the kids asked their family members for some money or they did chores around the house to earn the money to donate to the cause,” Allen said.

With each of her 27 students spending about $28.50, Allen said the shopping trip was both fun and educational.

Each student was responsible for managing their own money to maximize on the number of items they could purchase with some students pooling their change at the end to buy more toys.

Kearston Pearson said while the shopping felt like a math lesson, she did not mind because she knew she was helping others.

“I thought (raising money) was very kind and I am happy we did it,” Pearson said. “I tried to spend my money on toys for little kids and I tried to think about what other kids would want and not think about myself.”

While Mason used the month of December to fund raise, students at Woodland Park have been raising money all year long to put toward their holiday donation.

Woodland Park teacher Allyson Konen said every month the school allows students to pay a dollar to wear jeans to school with the money going toward their holiday collection.

This year, Konen said they raised enough money to purchase gifts for 96 children.

In addition, Konen said the first grade class at Woodland Park spent the last few weeks collecting coats, hats, gloves and scarves to donate to Coats for a Cause.

In total, the first-graders collected more than 50 coats to donate to families in need.

With others directing their collections to Toys for Tots, Myers Elementary teacher Lisa Pyrett said her school has a tradition of teaming up FISH to help those in need during the holiday season.

Myers as a whole adopts a family from FISH, but Pyrett said in addition the fourth grade classes have been adopting families of their own.

For the past two years, Pyrett said she and James Bowering’s fourth-graders have been adopting families as part of its economics class.

“ The kids actually provide services for their parents at home to raise ‘income’ that will be divided out for the students to shop with,” Pyrett said. “ We then encourage them to use their mental math skills we’ve learned about and to budget their money.”

This year, Pyrett said was the first year that both Julie Avery and Paige Sieloff ’s fourth grade classes joined the cause as well.

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