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New Bloomfield students collect money for Harvey victims

New Bloomfield students collect money for Harvey victims

September 6th, 2017 by Helen Wilbers in Local News

First-grade students at New Bloomfield Elementary drop off donations during an assembly. According to Principal Julie Gerloff, the money will go to help a classroom in Houston recover from Hurricane Harvey.

Photo by Helen Wilbers /Fulton Sun.

New Bloomfield Elementary sent some love to Texas on Tuesday.

According to Principal Julie Gerloff, students have spent the past several days collecting money for a classroom in Houston affected by Hurricane Harvey. Students raised about $450 as of Tuesday morning.

"I was on Facebook and saw (this project)," Gerloff said. "It seemed like something our kids would do."

Called "Adopt a Texas Classroom," the fundraising drive pairs classrooms in need with schools across the country. Funds will help teachers replace school supplies like textbooks. Gerloff said she'll double-check the charity's legitimacy before sending money.

Spokespeople for the Texas Education Agency have said about one million students in a 58-county area were impacted by the storm. According to the Associated Press, Houston's school superintendent Richard Carranza said 10,000-12,000 students in the city will have to attend classes elsewhere due to damaged schools.

The fundraising announcement went out last Thursday from Superintendent Sarah Wisdom.

"Boys and girls, we are asking for your help over the four day weekend," she said in an email. "We need you to do extra chores around the house this weekend to earn money to donate to a classroom in Houston, Texas."

Wisdom set a goal of $500 and asked students to wear red, white and blue when they attended the morning meeting on Tuesday. During the meeting, members of each grade came up to drop off the money they'd earned.

Money-making methods varied. Some children did chores.

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"I did a lot of chores," sixth-grader Ryan Webb, who brought in $10, said. "I had watched the news and I saw the flooding."

Fellow sixth-grader Ella Trigg collected money from neighbors and did chores to earn more. She said her mom offered to match the amount she raised.

Second-grader Clara Poston took a more entrepreneurial approach.

"I wanted to get a lot of money for the school in Houston so I asked my mom if I could have a lemonade and cookie stand," she said.

Poston priced her refreshments at 50 cents each, and business boomed as she earned around $30.

Gerloff said earning money to donate presents a valuable lesson to students, which parents also appreciate.

"Parents like that the kids are working for the money," she said. "They're giving their time."

This isn't the first time New Bloomfield Elementary students have pitched in to help out.

"Last winter, we helped a former student that was diagnosed with cancer, and then in the spring, we helped a current student that had lost his toys due to a house fire," Wisdom said.

Gerloff said these students have big hearts.

"They're some of the most giving children, and they really do want to make a difference," she said. "They will make a difference."

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