Sunderland Elementary Students raise funds for Habitat

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On June 6, Bennington County Habitat had the great honor of receiving $259.80 from four 5th and 6th grade students of Sunderland Elementary School.

The students called the Habitat Office the week before to give the unexpected news that they had raised funds for our affiliate. They wanted to present the donation to Habitat in person.

All gathered at the Habitat ReSale Store, 51 Memorial Ave., in Manchester Center, after lunch on June 6. Chase Cassan, Kiera Bushee, Shelly Clark, and Makayla Berry, shared a letter that explained how and why they raised the funds.

According to their letter, these four students picked a problem in the world and tried to help the cause through their Project Based Learning class. They chose homelessness because it "is a problem in Vermont and everyone deserves a home."

In order to raise the money, these students created a "spirit week" at Sunderland Elementary and each day was $1 for any student to participate. In one week, they raised $259.80.

"Homelessness is a big problem in our world," the students wrote. "We hope this money helps."

These children saw beyond themselves and took a broad view of the world. Then they narrowed down a problem to do what they could locally. Through their donation, these incredible young people will give local families the chance at homeownership and affordable home repair, and the children of those families will know the benefits of having a safe, decent, stable home.

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