Students raise 1K for Children’s Home
Published: Thursday, December 12th, 2013
Second graders in the Hermosa school have been getting their hands sticky for the sake of helping others.
Second grade teacher Becky Lowe and her students spent two afternoons making over 1,000 popcorn balls for people across Custer County, raising $1,019 for the Black Hills Children’s Home.
“We had great donations — some being $50 for a popcorn ball — and great support,” Lowe said.
Before beginning the project, Lowe looked to her church, Our Savior’s Lutheran Church in Hermosa, for support.
“As a member of the church, I always supported the project,” she said. “I have always done ‘giving’ projects as a teacher, but was struggling in Hermosa with what to do.”
Lowe talked to the pastor and thought it would be a good idea to do the project with her second grade class.
“After talking to my students last year, we decided to sell popcorn balls around Halloween to make money (for the project),” she said. “This year, we were overwhelmed by fundraisers in October so we held our fundraiser in November.”
Lowe sent a sheet home to all the students in Hermosa School to get the word out and pre-sell the popcorn balls. Last year, fundraiser organizers spent $12 on every pair of pajamas, so Lowe and her class had an idea of how much money was needed.
“We raised about $450 and I knew that wouldn’t be enough to purchase 64 pairs of pajamas,” she said. “I came to the school and asked the kids if they thought we could make more popcorn balls and they were excited about that.”
Lowe called Custer Elementary and talked with principal Heather Hiltunen about sending pre-order papers to staff and students.
“The teachers and staff did a great job helping to pre-sell,” Lowe said. “They raised over $450 as well.”
Lowe and parents donated all the supplies and parents helped pop the corn using Lowe’s popcorn popper and the concession stand popper.
“The first afternoon we made 500 popcorn balls and sent them to Custer to be delivered and the next day we made over 500 for the Hermosa School and community,” she said.
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