TURNER – Students at Turner Primary School sprang into action after the tsunami disaster. The kindergarten to grade three students recruited Morgan Leso, school guidance counselor, to coordinate their efforts. Together, students, staff and volunteers initiated an all-school fund-raising event.

During the monthlong preparations, children in every classroom applied their creative talents to the production of original calendars, posters, bookmarks, poetry and history books, as well as a variety of craft items.

The students’ goal was to create a display, offering every piece of art for sale at the St. Patrick’s Day public presentation. “The quality of the artwork was excellent and the children’s ideas were amazing,” Leso commented. “They should be very proud of their efforts to help.”

The school community came together to support the children’s endeavors. Following giant sea turtle sculptures strategically placed along the hallways, kids and adults flocked to the gym to view the work and to purchase gifts at modest prices.

Hundreds of pieces were sold, raising more than $1,000. All proceeds were donated to UNICEF and will be used to help alleviate suffering and rebuild lives following the natural catastrophe.

The tsunami relief fund-raiser was supported by the Service Learning Program at SAD 52.

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