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Eight-year-old twin brothers Themio (left) and George Pallis display the sign they used to attract attention to their fund-raising efforts at a grocery store near their home for tsunami victims on January 6, 2005 in Mercer Island, Washington. Earlier this week the brothers personally delivered $5,660 to World Vision, one of several aid organizations that focus on children. And, since then, fellow students have been donating more.
(Photo: Elaine Thompson/AP Wide World)
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Classrooms across the nation are using creative fund-raising ideas to help victims of the December 26 tsunami in South Asia.

Check out the e-mails below for great ideas on how you can help, too.

Our school, St. Francis de Sales, raised $4,200 for the tsunami victims, with a number of fund-raisers. We had a special lunch and popcorn sale that raised $24, a bake sale that raised $540, and a "Made by the Students" bookmark sale that raised $200. There were also canisters in each classroom that raised $1,700. Our sixth- and eighth-graders wrote professional letters to area businesses to ask for donations. The businesses donated $512. We were very excited about the money we raised, and sent it to UNICEF.
Becki K., Wisconsin

I am a fifth-grade teacher at Phoebe Hearst Elementary. My students made "tsunami awareness ribbons" to give to people who donated money. Our original goal was $400, but we have now raised over $2,600! We are donating all the money earned to UNICEF.
Kristin S., California

Our class raised money by collecting and returning bottles. We counted and sorted the bottles and cans. We returned more than 5,600 bottles. So far we have over $280!
Antonio N., age 10, Massachusetts

Our school community service group sponsored a Tsunami Relief Day recently. The event was called "Cocoa, Cookies, and Comfort." We sold hot cocoa and a cookie for $1. Students could pay $1 for the "right" to take off their shoes in class all day. We raised $2,770, which was doubled by Prudential Realty. All together, we donated $5,540 to the Save the Children Foundation!
Blaze D., age 10, California

Our school hosted a Mystery Dinner Theater. Local artists donated artwork that was used in a silent auction. We raised approximately $1,000 to send to Save the Children.
Amy M., age 13, Arkansas

I helped the tsunami victims by selling Kool-Aid to people for a week. I earned $20 and gave it to the Red Cross.
Charlotte R., age 8, North Carolina

Our school had a Family Movie Night in our gym from 6 to 8 p.m. We showed Finding Nemo and we sold drinks, popcorn, brownies, cookies, and many more pastries (all donated by our students' parents). At each door a student asked for donations. That night we made $2,000. There was a lot of food left over so we decided to sell the food during school recess, lunch, and after school. After one week we had sold everything and we had made a total of $2,640.34. We donated it all to UNICEF. Our students planned and worked the whole event.
Beamer Park Elementary, Woodland, California

We wanted all of the money raised to benefit the child victims of the tsunami. We are very proud of what we accomplished, especially since we are a school where 75 percent of our students are economically disadvantaged.
Zoraida L., age 11, California

In our class we read an article in Scholastic News about the tsunami that hit Southeast Asia. It talked about how kids raised money at their schools. A few friends and I started a fund-raiser at our school about two weeks ago, selling drinks and snacks. Our goal was to raise $1,000. The article said a school raised $400, but we raised $1,732.00, and we sent our money to the American Red Cross.
Mr. Griffis's sixth-grade class, Baker County Middle School, Macclenny, Florida

Hi! We are a third-grade class in Massachusetts. Our whole school helped to raise money and we've raised more than $1,000. The sixth-grade class brought in coffee cans and asked, "Can you please put money in the cans for the victims of the tsunami."
Ms. Bredin's third-grade class, Massachusetts

Davidson Academy Lower School students collected new and used shoes of any size for tsunami victims. Our school's Tsunami Sole-Mate Project collected over 3,000 pairs of shoes in just one week. The Sole-Mate Project concluded with a Prayer of Dedication followed by every student carrying shoes from their hallway to collection boxes in the lobby. The shoes were then given to Grace Baptist Church to be shipped to the tsunami victims.
Savannah P., age 10, Tennessee

We are having a "penny war." At the end of the week we count the money and donate it to victims of the tsumami.
Miranda H., age 13, New York

My name is Sarah and I go to Montessori Community School. Each classroom had three grades in it. Room 302 has fourth, fifth and sixth grades. I am a sixth-grader in room 302. Our class was very devastated about the tsunami. We had a meeting and decided to hold a fund-raiser. There were lots of baked goods; there was also hot chocolate and coffee, scarves, drawings, bookmarks, keychains, fruit, and other drinks. We sold three times a day for one week. There was a group of children who got together in their neighborhood and went door to door, selling things. They raised more than $240. Counting that money that they donated to us, our class and rooms 301 and 303 have raised more than $1,600! It will all go to the tsunami victims.
Sixth Graders at Montessori Community School

We would like to let Scholastic News Edition 4 know how our school helped the tsunami victims. On Friday, January 11, the fourth grade hosted a bake sale. All donations went to help the tsunami victims. We raised $455.80.
The fourth-graders at Lincoln-Hancock Community School
Quincy, Massachusetts

Our school, Kelly Creek Elementary in Gresham, Oregon, is collecting coins to give to the effort to help the people affected by the tsunami. As of January 11, we have received $715.20! Our hearts go out to the people there, and we want to help in any way we can.
Dina K., 9, Oregon

I am a first-grade teacher at Brittan Elementary School in Sutter, California. I decided to start a spare-change collection at our school to give the students an opportunity to help those so far away. The children went home and asked family and friends for donations. Spare coins are coming in left and right. We still have another week to go and then all our donations will be given to the Red Cross! To date, we have more that $200 collected!
Elke K., California

Our students decided to bring a sack lunch to school last Friday and donate their usual hot-lunch money to students in the tsunami regions. We raised $1,360.
Bobby S., Illinois

At Beaver Meadow Elementary School in Concord, New Hampshire, we held a Coin Harvest to raise money to help people in Asia and Africa. We invited all students to harvest coins and bring them to school so we can help others in need. "Look under the couch cushions, in the car, near the laundry, bring in coins donated by friends and family," we told everyone. We have raised more than $1,000 so far. This money will be matched 2-to-1 by a local company, so we are really making a difference!
Seneth W., 10, New Hampshire

I had an idea that if all 30 students in my class at Pleasant Ridge Elementary recycled 50 cans and brought in the money, we could raise $150. My teacher thought the whole school should get involved, so my mom and I organized a "spare change" fund-raiser. We raised $2,600, which we donated to the Red Cross! That's a whole lot more than I thought we would raise!
John T., 9, Michigan

The fourth-grade classes at our school held a bake sale during lunch hours to raise money to aid the tsunami victims. The bake sale raised $470. The money is being donated to the Red Cross.
Jesse M., age 10, Indiana

The fifth- and sixth-graders of the Maharishi School of the Age of Enlightenment Lower School organized a school-wide bake sale to raise money to benefit the tsunami survivors. Everyone chipped in and helped, and we raised a total of $400.
Gail L., Iowa

Our school held a bake sale and we asked everyone to bring in at least $1. We made over $400.00. I am also a Girl Scout and we have earned $40. I am glad I could help the victims.
Joslyne W., age 11, Massachusetts

I helped the tsunami victims by donating $50. My family pitched in, and we raised $132!
Luke W., age 10, Ohio

Gallego Basic Elemenary School's fourth-grade class had a bake sale. We raised over $400. We gave the money to a tsumani relief fund.
Natalie L, age 10, Arizona

In my class, we have sold paper Hershey Kisses and real Hershey Kisses to help the victims of the tsunami. Everyday at lunchtime the students can buy a real kiss and paper kiss for 50 cents. They eat the real kiss and put their name on the paper one. We put all of the paper kisses on a wall by the main office. As of today, we have over $300 to donate to a charity.
Osvaldo G., age 11, New Jersey

My school district is helping to raise money for the tsunami victims by participating in what we call "Dimes for the Disaster." We have been able to raise more that $11,000. We are donating this money through the American Red Cross. I feel very sad that this has happened and hope that we can help in many ways.
Caden A., age 9, Utah

At my school we had a bake sale and Hat Day. We raised over $600.
Emily E., age 13, Rhode Island

I shared a post-tsunami story that I got from Scholastic News with my class. My students were so moved by what other children are doing to help the victims that they decided to hold a bake sale. We advertised around the school, brought in goods, and in under three hours our East Harlem school raised $341.25! We donated all proceeds to the American Red Cross for tsunami relief. Thank you for keeping us well informed.
Mrs. Marjorie Sanchez
PS 38, New York

Here at The Children's School, our class wanted to do something to help tsunami victims. Our teacher gave us the idea that we could raise money for School in a Box, a program sponsored by UNICEF. We all decided that it was a good idea. We went around our house working to earn money. We did different jobs, from peeling shrimp to stacking wood. Our goal was to make $188. After everyone gave in their money, we found out that we had raised$233.50! We're excited that our work will help 80 students to have a teacher and a school.
Students from The Children's School
Morganton, North Carolina

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