Wakarusa students empty pockets for humanitarian efforts in Nigeria

An 8-year-old at Wakarusa Elementary School sparked a school-wide fundraiser for humanitarian efforts in Nigeria.

It started over a month ago, when Wakarusa 2nd grader, Preston Andrews, overheard his parents talking about the kidnapping of more than 200 Nigerian school girls. That very night, Preston said he came up with a list of ideas of how to help and decided to bring them to his principal.

The school gave Preston the green light to start a Change War. Each classroom was given a donated bucket to collect loose change. At the end of the week, they will weigh the buckets and the class with the heaviest one will win an extra recess.

But it’s not all fun and games.

Preston’s second grade class, under the direction of teacher, Lisa Hostetter, is keeping tabs on the conflict.

“We talked about how, in Nigeria, there were some girls that were taken from their school and that there were people that didn’t want them to go to school,” explained Hostetter, “and they could really relate to that and I think that really ignited that spark that we need to help.”

So far, Hostetter’s second grade class has brought in about 97 pounds of change.

“The very first day that we started, I think we put the bucket out and the kids started pulling out change from their pockets,” Hostetter added.
Some students have worked for donations, while others, like Preston, have received pledges.

The local Church of the Brethren promised to match whatever Wakarusa Elementary School students donate up to $4,000.

The final day of the school wide competition is Friday, May 30.

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