Monument Elementary volunteers bake goods to raise money for Warm the Children campaign

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BENNINGTON>>A wide variety of sugary sweets were baked and donated by teachers, parents and children for the 24th annual "Cookies for a Cause."

Grab a snicker doodle, a chocolate covered Oreo, or a brownie from Monument Elementary school between 9 a.m. and 1 p.m. Saturday to support the event hosted by Parents Interested in Monument (AIM).

About 34 volunteers and their little helpers baked goods for the cause to raise money for the Warm the Children campaign. Since 1994, the charity seeks out winter weather clothing for children ages 4 to 14, who are in need.

In an article from earlier this month, it was stated that Warm the Children is still asking for donations for 50 more children in the Bennington area.

"I think it's nice that we can give back and it's also good for the kids to see what we're able to do with the community," first grade parent Alison Camarda said.

It's Camarda's first year volunteering and her daughter, Avery, helped measure ingredients, roll snicker doodles into balls, and turn the mixer on and off.

AIM received plastic container donations from Price Chopper and any leftover baked goods will be donated to the Centers for Living and Rehabilitation of Southwestern Vermont Medical Center.

Last year, "Cookies for a Cause" raised roughly $880, AIM Co-chair Kirsten Kervan said.

This is the final year for Kervan and her partner Tammy Roy, as their children move up into 6th grade.

"We've done this for two years and volunteered prior to that," Kervan said. "It benefits all the children from seeing the money go toward a charity."

Roy and Kervan are bitter to leave the annual event, but ready to pass on the cookie pans to other parents.

"We had fun," Roy said. "Our children are leaving and so are we. It's really sad."

Friday, the school's lobby was blanketed in baking tins, and filled the air with sweet scents while the volunteers transferred goods to larger baking sheets to be put out for purchase in the gymnasium.

Final purchases will be weighed out and cost $8 per pound, $4 for a half pound and $1 for each individual.

Cookie types range from peanut butter M&M and mint chocolate chip to cranberry pistachio icebox and red velvet white chocolate chip.

Warm The Children grants $1 million in new winter clothing and footwear to more than 13,000 children each year, according to its website.

Visit http://www.monumentelementary.com/ for upcoming fundraisers and other events.

— Makayla-Courtney McGeeney can be reached at (802)-447-7567, ext. 118.


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