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Hurricane Harvey relief looming thanks to Aquinas students

Tawnya Panizzi
| Monday, Oct. 16, 2017, 1:42 p.m.
'Extreme Loomers' from Aquinas Academy made bracelets to sell and used the proceeds for Hurricane Harvey relief.
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'Extreme Loomers' from Aquinas Academy made bracelets to sell and used the proceeds for Hurricane Harvey relief.

Aquinas Academy fourth-grade girls known as “Extreme Loomers” raised $328 to donate to Hurricane Harvey relief.

Mike Burchill, assistant principal at the private school along West Hardies Road in Gibsonia, said the students devised the idea of making and selling rainbow-colored rubber band bracelets to help victims in Houston who are still cleaning up after the August hurricane.

The girls used time at recess to create the popular bracelets using a hook, peg loom and stretch bands.

“They established price points based on the design complexity, and created posters, took custom orders and worked the sales tables during lunch,” Burchill said.

On the same day, a team of Aquinas Academy eighth-grade girls sold more than $200 in baked goods with proceeds to also be sent to Harvey relief.

Tawnya Panizzi is a staff writer for the Tribune-Review. Reach her at 412-782-2121, ext. 2, tpanizzi@tribweb.com or @tawnyatrib.

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