“We were inspired when we were reading our Weekly Reader. The article was on Haiti, and we felt like there was something we could do,” Fifth Grader Marisa Cameron said.
The students did what thousands of Central Pennsylvanians will do this summer; they put together a garage sale Thursday. Only this garage sale was held in the gym and all the money raised goes to Haitian earthquake relief.
“I think it'd be hard for me to actually put myself in that position, and I can't imagine what it's like for them. I go home to a wonderful house, and they sleep in tents,” Cameron said.
The fifth graders set out with a goal to raise $800, and to do that they needed their classmates to help them out, because most of the items for sale were priced between 25 cents and one dollar.
“It really is amazing that they came up with this all on their own, they really schemed, they presented this to the principal all on their own, they didn't do much with parent or teacher help ,” Parent volunteer Liz Stone said.
The students know what they would like their proceeds to do.
“(I’d like the money) to help for houses or medicines since they don't have any of that stuff,” Kendra Wakefield, a Fifth Grader, said.
They are also proud to show younger students how small the world can be when you lend a hand.
“After this sale, they'll understand how much Haiti is in need and why we're having this sale,” Fifth Grader Caleb Parsons said.
When the quarters were counted, the fifth graders raised more than $1,000.