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TYLER, November 7, 2013— Thanks to students at Rice Elementary School, over 750 children in the community will receive a new pair of socks through the St. Paul Children’s Foundation (SPCF). Second graders at Rice recently sponsored a sock drive and invited the rest of the school’s students and staff to participate. They set a goal to collect 650 pairs, but far exceeded that goal by collecting over 750 pairs. Today, second grade students, teachers and administrators presented the socks to representatives of the organization.
Addressing the students directly during the presentation, Mitzie Avera, Director of Development for SPCF, expressed her joy and gratitude to the students for choosing SPCF as the beneficiary for the donation.
“You are going to help so many children by giving them a new pair of socks,” she said. “You are all so wonderful for doing this.” Ms. Avera added that as the temperatures begin to drop, the need for warmer clothing rises. “Now, 750 children in our area will be so happy.”
The mission statement of Rice Elementary School includes teaching students to positively impact the world. Principal Shelly Bosley explains that to support this mission, each grade level will sponsor a school-wide service project during one of the six-week periods throughout the year. During the first six weeks, the fifth grade held a Penny Bomb raising $495 for United Way. “We have four more service projects planned which include a toy drive for the SPCF Secret Santa’s Workshop, a canned food drive for PATH, a book drive for Tyler Day Nursery, and a teddy bear and blanket drive for the Children’s Advocacy Center,” Mrs. Bosley continued. “By the end of the school year, all grade levels will have sponsored and promoted a service project and we hope that all students will have experienced six different ways to positively impact the world.”
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