Local Students Raise Money For Tornado Victims


After hearing about the tornado damage in Moore Oklahoma, Wiley Intermediate School sixth graders Grady Chapman and Spencer Lavin knew they had to do something.
"Mostly the property damage and the people that were left homeless I just wanted to help," said Grady.

"Well I just thought that they needed it more than we did since all the damage done there," said Spencer.

The two asked their fellow classmates in Ann Fillhart's class to bring in lollipops to sell at school.

Altogether, the class brought in about 1,200 lollipops. 

"Even with a small idea it was a big success," said Spencer.

"We only planned to raise $300 but we ended up raising $600," said Grady.

On Tuesday, the class presented the $600 check to the American Red Cross.

The money will go toward helping children at Briarwood Elementary School in Moore, Oklahoma.

"This one for me is a little bit extra special because it came from these young folks and it was such a unique and creative idea," said Jane Gendron of the Red Cross.

The students' teacher hopes the youngsters keep giving back.

"When it's student driven and not teacher driven, then I think they have that inspiration to keep doing it," said Fillhart.

Sunday, December 4, 2016
, Watertown, NY

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