WEST HARTFORD, Conn. (WTNH) – Students at Smith STEM School in West Hartford have pitched together to raise nearly $1,700 for earthquake victims in Nepal. The quake hits especially close to home for the kids at that school because several families there have immigrated to Connecticut from Nepal.
Third grade teacher Cassandra Lane launched the “Nickels for Nepal” fundraiser because five of her students are from Nepal. For two weeks students brought in money and recyclables, raising $1,645. The student council voted to send the money to GlobalGiving an organization that has a history of coordinating funds between international donors and local charities in areas affected by disasters.
“By creating Nickels for Nepal, the students felt like they were playing an important role in helping out their classmates,” said Lane. “My students were so aware of the devastation and the need for money to rebuild homes and to buy food and medicine that they started creating posters at home encouraging others to ‘bring change to make change!’” Before long, students were donating the entire contents of their piggy banks anxious to help make a difference. “I feel sad for all my friends’ family who don’t have a home or any toys,” said first grader Matthew Bonner who spent days scouring the sofa cushions for coins to add to his contribution.