Elementary Students Empty Their Pockets for Katrina Kids Fund

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Elementary Students Empty Their Pockets for Katrina Kids Fund


About 600 Minnesota elementary students set a weekly goal last October to empty their pockets of all their spare change for CWLA. When the 26 classes, kindergarten through sixth grade at Wyoming Elementary School, Wyoming, Minnesota, totaled their big plastic buckets of change, the end result was a $5,000 donation to CWLA's Katrina Kids Fund.

CWLA awarded the funds to Raintree Children's Services in New Orleans, a member agency that continues to recuperate from Hurricane Katrina's effects on the foster care and residential services it provides. Raintree used the money from Wyoming Elementary School to purchase Christinas gifts for the children it serves.

"CWLA seemed like a perfect beneficiary because it was about kids raising money for kids," says Nicci Malm, a member of the Wyoming Elementary School PTA, which organized the school's Coins for Katrina drive.

Members of the school's PTA learned about CWLA's efforts to help child and family serving agencies affected by Hurricane Katrina through CWLA's website. Malm says the PTA was particularly happy to see that 94¢ of every dollar raised for the Katrina Kids Fund goes directly to hurricane-related activities rather than administrative costs.

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