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Students in Mt. Pleasant aid Sandy relief effort

| Wednesday, Nov. 14, 2012, 11:34 p.m.
Mt. Pleasant Journal
Ramsay Elementary School student council representatives, including (from left): Treasurer Karsen Kapelewski, 12; President Samuel Napper; Secretary Brianna Pritts; and Vice President Chloe Marker, all 11; with copies of a 'Helping Hands' photo sold for 50 cents each to raise funds for victims of superstorm Sandy on Wednesday, Nov. 7, 2012. Kelly Vernon | Mt. Pleasant Journal

Ramsay Elementary School student council members recently offered a helping hand, actually many helping hands, to raise money for superstorm Sandy victims as a means of completing their first service project of the 2012-13 school year.

Council members sold photocopies of a photo titled “Helping Hands,” featuring a group of children's hands lifting up a globe, for 50 cents apiece.

The proceeds are destined to aid the ongoing relief effort on America's East Coast in the wake of the historic mix of a hurricane and nor'easter.

All told, the fundraiser generated $1,000, said Ramsay instructor Mary Ann Bauer, the council's adviser, according to information she conveyed after the deadline for the Nov. 15, 2012, print edition of the Mt. Pleasant Journal.

“The students came up with the idea to help the American Red Cross and Sandy victims on their own,” Bauer said.

The names of students who purchased the items were written on each them and displayed on the bulletin board in the foyer of the school.

“It feels good to help them and show we care,” said student council Secretary Brianna Pritts, 11.

The council members kicked off the initiative Nov. 7 and they nearly exceeded their goal of $300 during the first day of sales.

The children earned $275 the first day, with the sixth-graders leading in donations. Students were able to purchase as many “Helping Hands” photos as they desired during daily homeroom periods.

Each color hand in the photo represents a different grade level.

The grade level that raises the most money was promised a movie and treat for its efforts by school faculty and staff.

Council performs one service project per month during the school year, Bauer said. “Their enthusiasm and willingness to help the less fortunate is astounding,” she said.

Donations were sent to the American Red Cross, the organization of choice by council members and advisors.

“We are hoping to help a lot of people still suffering from Sandy,” said Ryan Keller, a student council advisor.

Kelly Vernon is a staff writer for Trib Total Media. She can be reached at 724-547-5722 or