Doing their part to help their school, second grade students at Harlan Elementary School have raised approximately $700 to purchase a series of books called “Reading Street” for the school’s reading program kindergarten through fourth grade.
“We don’t get money for textbooks anymore. The school has to buy them on their own, which is very expensive,” said Harlan Elementary School Principal Vickie Anderson. “We decided we’d like to have the same textbooks K through 4. After much research by myself and teachers, we found we wanted to purchase this reading series called “Reading Street.”
Anderson said a group of second graders then took it upon themselves to start a fundraiser to help purchase the textbooks by making loom bracelets and necklaces.
“They came up with the idea and brought it to me because this is important to them,” said Anderson. “They buy the kits and make the bracelets and sell them at school. We told them to prepare a business proposal and we’d look at it. So they did and the fundraiser began. They have their own account set up through our PTO. They come and sell their bracelets at break time, in the mornings and after school. The second part of their business plan was they take some of the money to reinvest for more kits to make more inventory.”
Anderson said students began the project last fall and thus far have raised approximately $700.
“If anyone would like to donate to this project to help these students accomplish their goal, they may do so by dropping off a check at the school or by contacting Anderson at 606-573-8715, ext. 2, or by email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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