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Teachers hope students learn life lessons in fundraiser
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Second-grader Antonio Vazquez, 8, gets change from his purchase Friday at a bake sale at the Fair Street school. - photo by SARA GUEVARA

Elementary students are proving that even though they may still be learning how to multiply, they can still make an impact in the world.

Second-graders at McEver Elementary recently operated a lemonade stand during recess and raised more than $230 for Haiti relief. Their cause was so appealing that even a few salesmen from Milton Martin Honda stopped by to purchase some lemonade.

Another bunch of second-graders, this time at Fair Street International Baccalaureate World School, teamed up last week to sell cookies, candy, chips, soda and other goodies to raise money to help Haitians affected by last month’s devastating temblor.

Quincy Holcomb, a second-grader at Fair Street, said that it is important to help people in Haiti because "they had an earthquake and they need help."

Holcomb said it is important to help others, and he said that both his teacher and his mother helped him realize that.

Dana Kirk, a teacher at Fair Street, said that the kids raised close to $500 on Thursday.

"I think it is easy for kids to just think about themselves and their home, and this is a really neat way for them to see that other people are in much more need than them," Kirk said.

Kirk talked to her students about Haiti and how, as a country, Haiti always has had low resources.

"They don’t have the soil we have and they don’t have the things that we have, so when they lose their homes and their clothes, they don’t have much to go off of," Kirk said.

"We have so much to give, and this is a way to get the whole school involved and talk about the issues that Haiti has and get people aware."

Kirk said that she believes it is good for kids to care about other countries and not just each other, and that learning about places such as Haiti teaches them to be selfless.

"There are bigger problems than ‘someone won’t talk to me’ or ‘someone is bullying me,’" said Kirk, who enjoys being able to watch the behavior of the students change as they learn about problems in other countries.

"They stop worrying so much about other things, and they see a bigger picture," Kirk said. "It makes them more well-rounded."

Kirk said that the bake sale will not only give a lot of money to help those in Haiti but it will also help get them thinking differently so they will find other ways to go out and help people.

"When they see someone in need, they will remember this," Kirk said.

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