5th grader, school raising money for Haiti earthquake victims - Spokane, North Idaho News & Weather KHQ.com

5th grader, school raising money for Haiti earthquake victims

















(Students at Ponderosa Elementary School hope their change adds
up so they can help those affected by the earthquake in Haiti)


POST FALLS, Idaho. - Every difference makes a difference. It is a simple idea which can make a big impact, and students at Ponderosa Elementary School hope their pennies and dimes can help Haitian earthquake victims thousands of miles away.

Fifth grader Timberlyn Short started a "spare change" drive this week. The school plans to donate money collected over the next week to the American Red Cross.

"If I were in that situation I would want someone to help me," she said.

Short watched images of collapsed buildings and destruction in the streets and wanted to help.

Timberlyn plans to ask students during class announcements to bring spare change through January 29.

Schools in the Lewiston area raised more than $12,000 in a similar drive after the 2004 tsunami, according a principal in the area.

Now, administrators in Post Falls are working with a principal in Lewiston to collaborate on this drive.  

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