Clifton students collect pennies for children in Haiti
Students at Clifton Elementary School feel a large amount of compassion for the children affected by the recent earthquake in Haiti.
They are showing that compassion by collecting pennies for UNICEF, an organization dedicated to helping children in impoverished countries.
After only one day of collecting pennies, the students had already donated $205.
The students dug in couch cushions, emptied piggy banks, and some, like Gage Nettleblad, did extra chores to raise money.
Nettleblad cleans his neighbor’s cat litter box once a week for $5. He put this week’s wages into the five-gallon collection bucket.
“I think it will go to a very good cause,” Nettleblad, a fifth-grader, said.
“I look at the news and I feel like they are my neighbors and I’d like to help them,” he added.
Another student, Mariah Wood-Cole, said she wanted to start the penny drive to help the Haitians who are without food, water, or even a hospital. “I think they are lucky to survive but they don’t have enough supplies and this money can help them recreate their shelters,” she said.
Second-grade teacher Alice Haberkorn, who spearheaded the project for the school, said she was overwhelmed with the initial response.
“I thought if we got $50 over the whole three weeks I’d be really happy,” Haberkorn said.
Haberkorn said that children are naturally compassionate and the penny drive was a way for them to make a big difference. “It’s children helping children,” she said.
The penny drive will end Feb. 5. Donations will be accepted at the school, or at any Western Rockies Federal Credit Union location in the Grand Valley.