WR students collect change to help the needy

Western Reserve Elementary students collected spare change to benefit those in need. Four fourth-grade girls, from left, Hannah Rowbottom, Alaina Fitch, Sabra Nicopolis and Reese Snyder, came up with the idea to collect the change, calling the project, “Change for Change. Grades kindergarten through fifth collected $1,084. The girls spent two weeks during recess counting and rolling all of the change. The money was used to purchase hats, gloves and blankets for the homeless. In addition, $925 was donated to the Second Harvest Food Bank where that organization was able to purchase almost $14,000 worth of food with monies donated. The collection was a culminating activity to bullying/empathy lessons delivered to all students in order to encourage a deeper understanding of standing in someone else’s shoes and compassion for others. (Submitted photo)