We have a heart-warming story about a South Mississippi school that
wanted to send donations to people devastated by Hurricane Sandy.
Hancock Elementary held a Thanksgiving fundraiser to help families in
New York. One class surprised everyone by raising the most money.
That class of tiny tots at South Hancock Elementary really knows how to
defy the odds. They may be small in number, but the students have proven
they can take on the biggest of challenges.
"It was kind of like the little class that could," said Casey St. Claire-Rumore, a parent of one of the students.
This month, the school PTO held a Thanksgiving competition to raise money for the victims of Hurricane Sandy in New York.
was a group of 25 firemen in New York who joined forces to provide
gifts and clothing and items for the families in our area after
Hurricane Katrina," said South Hancock Elementary Principal Jennifer Seymour. "This year, instead of them giving, we thought we'd do a flip flop and we would return the favor."
the PTO sold paper turkey feathers for 50-cents each. In just three
weeks, the school raised a total of $1,700. Surprisingly, the class that
raised the most money is also the smallest class at the school.
"It's just phenomenal. I have no words to describe that feeling. It's about having heart," said Seymour.
class, with only nine students, raised more than $1,200. What makes
this feat even more amazing is that the students in the class are
special needs pre-kindergartners.
Four-year-old Ellah St. Claire
Rumore and her mom used Facebook to seek donations. The adorable girl
suffers from a rare brain disorder. She is also legally blind and deaf.
more at a disadvantage and they are kind of just left out and kind of
swept under the rug," said Casey St. Claire Rumore. "It just made my
heart smile to know that her face was the one that everybody saw and
said, ‘You know what? I'm going to donate for such a good cause.'"
funds will be used to purchase $20 gift cards for firefighters to
distribute in New York. The little ones are learning how they can make a
big difference, and it's their turn to give thanks.
the most money, Ellah's class will also receive a reward -- a pizza
party. The second place winner will also get a pizza party.
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