Fifth-graders donate cash and supplies to Grassroots

June 05, 1996|By Howard Libit | Howard Libit,SUN STAFF

Four fifth-graders at Atholton Elementary School this week donated more than $225 and a truckload of school supplies, clothing and canned food to Grassroots Inc., a nonprofit social service agency in Howard County.

The students -- Christina Naude, Jennifer Perkins, Rachel Nicholson and Avram Gottschlich -- raised the money and collected the donations as part of a yearlong project to help the homeless, said AlainaBeth Haerbig, one of the school's gifted-and-talented teachers.

The money and other goods were given to Grassroots on Monday night during Atholton's enrichment fair.

Grassroots is a Columbia organization that provides shelter for homeless people in the county.

Among the fund-raising activities organized by the students were school-wide canned food drives and spring bake sales at Zany Brainy and Staples in Columbia.

"They thought everything up themselves," Haerbig said. "Outside of Staples, they asked people going in to buy a school supply, then trade baked goods for the school supplies."

Pub Date: 6/05/96

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