Eagle fifth graders initiate coin drive for local family in need
By Jacilyn Bruns, The Voice News - December 7, 2017
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Jacilyn Bruns, The Voice News
Eagle Elementary fifth graders Ava Kupke, Sophie Johnson and Sehren Carlson organized a coin drive to buy a family Christmas gifts.
EAGLE – Three Eagle Elementary fifth graders have begun a school-wide coin drive to support a local family in need. Ava Kupke, Sophie Johnson and Sehren Carlson plan to use the money collected to purchase Christmas gifts for that family.
Kupke was part of the group of students that started a coin drive last Christmas, and Johnson decided to keep it going.
“We want to give families something for Christmas that don’t have as much,” Kupke said.
The girls distributed a collection jar in each classroom, as well as in the school office. There are around 18 total jars in which students may drop spare change.
As of Nov. 30, one of the first days of the coin drive, one classroom had already filled a whole mason jar and two big bags full of change; another class collected enough to fill a treasure chest.
“A lot of the classes have been storing them in whatever they can find,” Johnson said.
Because they just returned from Thanksgiving break, the students asked if they could extend the coin drive another week to Dec. 8 to give students more opportunities to bring change.
“I think the great thing about this is that it’s student-led. They came to me, but they are running it and taking charge of it,” said Eagle Elementary Principal Meghan Flohr.
Eagle Elementary has many ways of giving to families in need, such as a Holiday Wishes program through District 145 and a lot of community outreach.
“I think that’s the power of a small community,” Flohr said.
At the end of the drive, the girls will take the money to the bank and find out how much they raised. Their goal is to top the amount they raised last year, which they said was at least $700.
“We want it to be a lot so we can really help them,” Kupke said.
The trio is excited for when they buy the presents and wrap them, but the part they enjoy most is knowing that they are helping others during the holiday season.
“We don’t actually get to meet the family, but just knowing that they get a Christmas really makes me feel happy,” Carlson said.
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