Spearheaded by 38 third- and fourth-graders participating in the Girls on the Run Program, students at Elm Tree Elementary School in Bentonville recently raised $844 to help with the disaster relief in the Philippines.
“Part of the Girls on the Run program is the completion of a community service project,” said Gilda Pierce, a Girls on the Run coach at Elm Tree Elementary. “We showed the girls the American Red Cross video of the terrible destruction in the Philippines and they voted to have a fundraiser and donate money to the Red Cross effort to help.”
The Girls on the Run group then organized a special “pajama and/or hat day” at the school where students could pay $1 to wear pajamas or a hat, and could make further donations if they wanted. Posters were designed, announcements were made to promote the event, and nearly 100 percent of the 620 students in grades kindergarten through fourth grade participated.
“We, the coaches, were pleased that they took on a project with a global cause,” Pierce said.
Rick Harvey, Communications Specialist with the American Red Cross in Arkansas, attended the school’s weekly “Rise and Shine” assembly, where a check from the school was presented and the Girls on the Run group was recognized for their fundraising efforts.”
“The American Red Cross is honored to have been chosen by the Elm Tree Elementary School Girls on the Run group as the recipient of their fundraising project,” Harvey said. “The students should be commended for their hard work in organizing the event and helping get nearly 100 percent from the student population. The money raised by these students will help residents of the Philippines who were impacted by the typhoon receive much-needed food and water, and supplies such as tarps and mosquito nets.”