St. George’s Third Graders Raise $5,000 for Red Cross

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The St. George’s Episcopal School third grade class recently raised a record-breaking amount of money for the Southeast Louisiana Chapter of the American Red Cross through their annual walk-a-thon held in November. The fundraiser has been a tradition for St. George’s third graders for sixteen years and allows them to learn the importance of community service and the history of the Red Cross while also honing their math skills by collecting and calculating pledges and measuring the distance they walk.

This year’s walk-a-thon raised a record-breaking total of $5,091.25 for the Red Cross, whose mission is to provide relief to victims of disasters and help people prevent, prepare for and respond to emergencies. The walk-a-thon was supported by a service learning grant from The Joe W. and Dorothy Dorsett Brown Foundation. On December 12, students officially presented a check to Kay Wilkins, CEO of the Southeast Louisiana Chapter of the American Red Cross, during a donation ceremony.

Photo caption: St. George’s third graders Lauren Prechac, Coco Prokop, Christian Rodriguez-Fierro, Eva Weigle, Lucy Wagner and Beau Casey, along with teacher Sutton Ruiz (back right), present a check for $5,091.25 to Kay Wilkins, CEO of the Southeast Louisiana Chapter of the American Red Cross.