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Friday, January 4, 2002
Fifth Graders at Western Coventry Elementary Collect over $2,000 -- Split Money between Red Cross and Coventry Fire Victims

Western Coventry Elementary School fifth grader Amanda Studley was writing in her "Feinstein Journal of Good Deeds" one day following the September 11th attacks, and decided she wanted her class to do a "penny drive" to help the victims of the tragedy.

Her idea turned into a school-wide fundraising effort that collected $2,200.

But while Amanda and her fellow students were raising the money to help victims in New York, a fire broke out in Coventry, destroying the home of a local family with children in the Coventry schools.

So, the students decided to turn one good deed into two: they would keep with the original plan of helping victims in New York, while designating a portion of their proceeds to a local family right in their own community.

Caption: Students in Mrs. Jean Boucher's Fifth Grade Class at Western Coventry Elementary School recently collected $2,200 through a penny drive across the school. They are holding some of the over 900 rolls of pennies (over 270 pounds!) were collected and donated to a Coventry family who lost their home in a recent fire. The remaining $1,750 raised by the students will be donated to the American Red Cross to assist victims of the September 11th tragedy.

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