Fisher Elementary School student's gift will help PAVE's efforts


BENNINGTON — A local group that helps victims of domestic violence recently got a gift from an Arlington boy.

Sawyer Bittel, 8, wanted to help people in need during the holidays. The third grader at Fisher Elementary School in Arlington recently made and sold Christmas ornaments, raising $80 that he donated to the Project Against Violent Encounters (PAVE) in Bennington.

Bittel and his brother Lucah Bittel, 11, delivered the money last week to Linda Campbell, PAVE's executive director. Campbell was very appreciative and thanked Bittel for his efforts.

Campbell said Bittel's gift will go towards funding PAVE's efforts, which include helping children. "We have some kids who don't have a place to live right now. This will help them... This will help a lot," she told him. She noted that Bittel could have spent the money on something else, but still chose to donate it.

Bittel told the Banner that he raised the funds from making and selling Christmas ornaments. He made 13 ornaments (Lucah made 2) and they sold them at the school's craft fare.

"It felt really good" to bring the donation to Campbell, Bittel said.

PAVE assists Bennington County residents who are victims of domestic violence. Services include a 24-hour emergency hotline, court and social service advocacy, support groups, access to emergency and transitional housing, and community and in-school education.

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