Scaring Up Donations

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Sylvan Avenue Elementary School students celebrated this year’s Halloween by collecting donations and funds for two worthy causes.

As part of their study on human rights, the school’s fifth-graders had been learning about the Universal Declaration of Human Rights and how the 30 articles of this document are being challenged and upheld across the globe. Using their newfound knowledge of the topic, the grade level elected to participate in UNICEF’s annual Trick-or-Treat program.

Throughout the effort, the students collected more than $647 in spare change and donations from community and family members. The money collected will go directly to purchasing items such as water pumps for villages, vaccinations for children and bicycles to deliver medicine.

Following the holiday, the school’s students also donated their unwanted candy to a support drive organized by the building’s peer leaders.

Contributions to the sweet treats drive were delivered to a local orthodontist, Dr. Egan, who will send the candy to American troops who are currently deployed.