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Children collect pennies for Tsunami-pounded paradise

If the children start collecting pennies from around the house to take to school for a special fundraising, don't be surprised.

They may be participating in an effort to benefit victims of the Tsunami, which took the lives of about 150,000 people, one-third of them children.

School officials felt a fundraiser was appropriate because of the Tsunami's devastating effect on children.

"We meet the needs of children every day. That's our business," noted Dr. Jim Franklin, McDuffie County assistant superintendent for administrative services.

The school board, in its regular meeting Thursday, voted to support a fundraising effort by McDuffie County schools to help children who lost their lives in the Tsunami, children who were injured, and for children who will need help for years to come because of the Dec. 26 disaster.

Some ideas for fundraising, which would not interrupt the activities of the school day, include penny jars; loose change jars; donations; candy, donut and bake sales; concession stands and sock hops.

Sporting events may offer other fundraising opportunities; schools could donate a portion of gate receipts to the effort, or parents could make a donation for each point their child scored during the game, Dr. Franklin noted.

After a 30-day period of fundraising, schools and support groups will send funds to the American Red Cross Tsunami Relief Fund, he said.

Web posted on Thursday, January 20, 2005


Temperature:53° F
Wind:from the W at 5 MPH
Visibility:10 miles
Dew Point:53° F
Updated: 04-Nov-2010 10:01

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