Simple as child’s pay – Students pool change to aid tragedy victims |

Simple as child’s pay – Students pool change to aid tragedy victims

Tragedies both local and around the globe have brought out the giving spirit for local schools recently.

On Tuesday, fifth-grade students from Deer Creek School arrived at Nevada City’s SPD Market with plastic buckets crammed full of quarters, nickels, dimes and pennies garnered from an effort to help those ravaged by the earthquake and tsunami that struck South Asia on Dec. 26.

The school of third- through fifth-graders previously had raised $1,010 in cash to aid the tsunami victims. Tuesday, the grocery store’s change machine jangled with a tally of an additional $537.53 for the victims of the natural disaster.

The total included 4,799 pennies, 1,025 nickels, 1,555 dimes, 1,127 quarters and a single silver dollar.

Deer Creek Principal Mike McGarr said one student brought in $40 in change he’d been saving for a year.

“The focus really was on giving something from the heart,” McGarr said.

The principal is looking to send the money directly to a specific school within the weather-beaten region.

Students were more than happy to part with the money, some of which came from their own personal stashes.

“It wasn’t hard because it’s not that much and it’s for a good cause,” said fifth-grader Stefan Stackhouse, 11.

Autumn Meinke, 11, performed chores to raise $26 for the effort. “It was very easy to give the money up,” she said.

“I would have donated a lot of my money anyway,” said Madison Heppe, 10, who donated $15.

Not to be outdone, the students at the Grass Valley Charter School have been busy collecting money for the tsunami aid efforts, and for the efforts of a local man injured in a September motorcycle crash.

Grass Valley Charter administrator Ann Boger said families helped donate $1,367 for Danny McManus, whose daughter, Jayme, attends third grade at the school.

The money will go into a fund to help pay for making McManus’ home more accessible.

A second fund-raiser to assist McManus will be held Feb. 17 at Round Table Pizza in Grass Valley, where a portion of the profits that night will go towards McManus’ needs.

Third-grader Jad Dahneke raised $414 by asking his family and friends to donate money in lieu of presents for his birthday party last month.

In addition, the school has been busy raising money to aid tsunami relief efforts as part of a community-service project, Boger said.

By performing chores at home and getting paid, the students were able to raise $615 during the week of January 17 for tsunami relief efforts. In addition, coin jars have been placed in each classroom for the students to raise money for the relief efforts. The money raised will be matched by area businesses, including Placer Title, Coldwell Banker and Grizzly Lodge.

The fund-raiser ends March 1.

This month, students are donating books and videos for sale.

All of the money raised will be sent to the site, a youth-focused nonprofit sending money to the tsunami victims.

Like her counterpart at Deer Creek, Boger said the students at Grass Valley Charter, which focuses on community service as a learning tool, have been excited to help others.

“The kids are so compassionate and they really enjoy this.”

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