Seattle Hill students collect money for Sandy victims
SNOHOMISH - Second graders at Seattle Hill Elementary are raising money for people affected by Hurricane Sandy.
The kids in Katie Doughty’s class donned smocks and oversized shirts for two days to make piggy banks by hand. The kids blew up balloons and then covered them in paper-mache to create the piggy banks, which they will then distribute to restaurants, grocery stores, and other area businesses to collect contributions from community members.
The kids each get to decide where they’ll place their piggy bank after talking it over with their parents. Several kids also were proud to say that they knew all about asking for the business owner’s permission as well.
The kids plan to round up the piggy banks within a couple of weeks and then give the money to the American Red Cross.
Most of the kids said they saw the storm’s destruction on the news and it made them sad. But pitching in to help out made them happy, they said.
“They need a lot of money because lots and lots of people lost their houses,” said a boy who was busy putting the finishing touches on his piggy bank’s legs.
Two years ago, second-graders from Doughty’s class raised more than $1,000 to aid victims of the 2011 tsunami in Japan.
“They’re very excited about what they’re doing and they’re excited to tell people about what they’re doing,” Doughty said.