Michiana middle schoolers raise money for Newtown, Conn.

Photo courtesy of the Elkhart Truth

Photo courtesy of the Elkhart Truth

A group of Michiana middle school students channeled their school spirit to raise money in honor of the victims of the deadly Sandy Hook shooting.

According to the Elkhart Truth, six students at North Side Middle School in Elkhart organized spirit days and collected more than $1,500 to go to the Newtown, Conn., community.

The eighth-graders, Megan Pairitz, Olivia Haworth, Odette Kuehn, Noelle Flora, Alexus Joiner and MaKayla Williams planned activities for three different spirit days at their school. On Wednesday they encouraged their fellow students to wear green and white, Sandy Hook’s school colors. Then on Thursday, students could donate a minimum of $1 to wear non-dress code clothing items such as pants with holes, and untucked shirts among other things. Friday, students could donate money in exchange for wearing either pajamas or “ugly Christmas sweaters” to school.

Many students, faculty and staff participated in the spirit days, raising a total of $1,520.

The money will be put towards the Sandy Hook Special Revenue Fund which will go to Newtown projects such as schools, police, playgrounds, parks and memorials.

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