Williams 5th Graders Raise Money for Hurricane Sandy Relief Efforts
Every year, 5th graders at Williams Elementary School work hard to raise money for the range of programs and activities that take place around their graduation time. This year, on Election Day, the Williams PTO helped the fifth grade organize a bake sale. Students worked in shifts and sold homemade treats to Newton residents as they lined up to cast their vote.
Only a few days earlier, Hurricane Sandy had blown through New England and surrounding states, and the students came up with the idea of putting out a tip jar to collect donations for hurricane relief efforts. "They came up with the idea," said fifth grade teacher Andrew Garlick, "and word spread. When we polled students to find out where donations could be directed, they were all in agreement it should be the Red Cross." Students ended up with $500.00 worth of donations.
At an all school meeting on Tuesday, November 27, 2012, fifth grade representatives (above from left to right: John, Fletcher, Katelyn and Gillian) presented a large check to employees of the American Red Cross and were acknowledged for their generous efforts. American Red Cross Youth Programs Manager Shawna Dias (below right) and Youth Outreach Coordinator Jini McClelland (below left) accepted the check from the Williams fifth grade class.