ADAM JACKSON/Ponoka News
The Grade 4 class at Ponoka Elementary learned a valuable lesson about giving – and received a Subway lunch in return.
The class, which is taught by Mrs. Russell, organized and served up a Subway lunch to the school and managed to raise close to $500 for the Red Cross in Japan. “It feels really good because we’re trying to save more lives in Japan,” said Matthew Parent, a grade 4 student in the class.
The subs cost the students and faculty $4 and in order to maximize their donation, the class garnished the subs for the rest of the school in the foyer.
Both Russell and the group of students were involved in hefty organization for the event.
They collected money from students, ordered the subs and set up garnishing stations in the foyer of the school.
The idea for the fundraiser came after Bobby Boogaloo, a children’s entertainer who spent a month at the school, assigned the class to make a song. The song they were assigned to write was about citizenship, which eventually led to a discussion about what happened in Japan.
In addition to the $500 raised by the sub event, the class is also starting a silver collection, where students are encouraged to bring in nickels, dimes and quarters and put them towards a donation. The goal for the class is to be able to have a line of coins stretch 1km.
“It feels really good to raise money to build buildings and buy food for the people in Japan,” said Skylar Townsend, a student in the class.