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Glacier Creek fundraiser supports South American students
Glacier Creek fundraiser supports South American students

Story by Perry Hibner, special to Channel3000.com    

An optional fundraiser by some eighth-graders in Jonathan Daugherty’s Spanish classes resulted in some valuable lessons recently.

The 30 students who participated for two weeks in November and December raised approximately $2,700. The money was used to continue sponsorship of two children -- Liz Paula in Colombia and Camila Andrea in Chile -- through Children International.

“It’s great to see students engage in the curriculum and relate to stories about children their age – not only the girls we are sponsoring but also stories from Equal Exchange about Spanish-speaking children who benefit from parents earning fair-trade wages,’’ Daugherty said. “It’s also pretty cool to receive letters in Spanish that we can read together as a class.’’

Glacier Creek students on Thursday received a letter from the Children International about what the girls received for Christmas. One received pajamas while the other received a pair of shoes and sandals.

Daugherty said most of the money is used to provide the girls with the health care and educational services over the next 14 months. That includes regular checkups, dental care, nutrition screenings and medication. It also includes clothing, uniforms, shoes, backpacks, school fees, tutoring, educational materials and supplies.

After reading the letter, Daugherty then had his sixth-period students share how they felt about helping the girls out.

“I feel happy that they got what they did and happy that we did what we did, but I feel bad that we have so much more than they do,’’ Marissa Masnica said.

Daugherty’s students thought the lessons they learned were well worth the time.

“I decided to participate, because I love to help or volunteer with kids. It inspires me,’’ said Tyler Geldmacher, who finished as the top seller. “To be able to help the girls … makes me feel better.’’

This was the second year Daugherty has offered the optional program. Last year 62 students raised approximately $2,500.

The fundraiser was through Equal Exchange, a fair-trade cooperative started in 1986 that supports farmers in Latin American countries and around the world. Equal Exchange sells coffee, tea, chocolate, bananas and almonds. Schools keep 40 percent of what they sell in fundraisers.

Children International provides assistance to children and families in poverty. It has been around for more than 75 years and helps more than 340,000 children in 11 countries.

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