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PrattTribune - Pratt, KS
  • Skyline first graders respond to need

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  • Skyline teachers Judy Koehler and Beth Walters, along with their first grade students, had a bake sale to help the victims of Hurricane Sandy and raised over $700 for the Red Cross.
    Hurricane Sandy was a terrible hurricane that caused extensive damage along the East Coast. Sandy made landfall in southern New Jersey and brought major flooding, travel disruption, structural damage and power outages.
    New York City was hit very hard. Sandy was nearly 1,000 miles wide at times. It brought blizzard conditions to West Virginia and 20 foot waves to Lake Michigan. The storm took the lives of more than 100 people.
    This was the second bake sale for the first grade teachers. Their classes helped raise money for the library in Greensburg after that tornado five years ago.
    "I think that by holding the bake sale we are helping the kids have the life experience of several of the traits from the Six Pillars of Character," Walters said.
    Some of those characteristics were responsibility, caring and citizenship.
    The teachers heard from Skyline Superintendent Mike Sanders that the Red Cross was looking for people to help out. Koehler and Walters then talked to their students and realized how excited the kids were about helping.
    "This is a great opportunity for us to teach our kiddos about compassion and caring for others," Koehler said.
    The first graders priced donated baked goods for 50 cents each. The items were sold from 11:20 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. on Nov. 13 through the 16.
    All the money made at the bake sale was given to the Red Cross. It will be sent to those affected on the East Coast.
    "We couldn't have done it without everybody's help from Skyline," Koehler said.
    She said the sale was a great opportunity for everyone and appreciated the help received from the community.
    Patty Ibarra and Katelyn Kumberg are Skyline seniors.
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