February 12 2020

Fox Hill Fifth Graders Raises over $1,000 for Australian Bushfire Relief

By: Tad Stephanak

Burlington’s elementary students are working to help those in need, even if they are on the other side of the planet. 

The Australian bushfires have had a devastating effect on the continent’s vegetation and wildlife. The ashes and soot are clogging up streams, dams, and beaches, leading to blooms of algae that threaten the water quality. 

The effects of the bushfires in Australia will be felt for decades to come and a group of fifth graders at Fox Hill Elementary School are doing something about it.

Along with their faculty advisor, fifth grade teacher Erin O’Donnell, the Fifth Grade Responsibility Committee launched a fundraiser to support relief efforts for both people and animals impacted by the fires. The fifth graders expressed their sympathy in a persuasive letter sent to all Fox Hill families asking for contributions. 

“This is a problem that concerns us and this encouraged us to reach out,” the letter reads. “As this is a real serious problem, we want everyone to help out. We are having a fundraiser to collect money to help firefighters in Australia put out fires and stop the damage it is causing.” 

The Fifth Grade Responsibility Committee also advertised their fundraising efforts all over the school. With help from the Fox Hill PTO, students raised over $1,000 dollars to be donated to the New South Wales Rural Fire Service. All the donations of checks and cash were sent to the Fox Hill PTO and the PTO was able to write one big check to the New South Wales Rural Fire Service.

Congratulations and thanks to the Fifth Grade Responsibility Committee for their fundraising efforts and making a difference for the firefighters, people and wildlife of Australia.


 

 
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