Tuesday, 05 February 2013 by Grayson Edds
The Lakewood Elementary students in Ms. Whitley's third grade class are going above and beyond learning the curriculum; they've also taken on several philanthropic activities to help those in need.
When third-grader Sarah Millington transferred to Lakewood from Pirtle Elementary, she brought with her an excellent attitude and love for others, which she used to encourage her fellow classmates to join her in helping others.
She explained to her teacher that collecting pull-tabs from cans can help Ronald McDonald House buy supplies or equipment, which in turn helps families with sick children who are staying at the Ronald McDonald House in Temple, and asked if the class could start collecting them. And so it began.
When Sarah and her sister Emily delivered a batch of pull-tabs to the Ronald McDonald House on Jan. 22, she had collected more than seven thousand tabs. Ms. Whitley's class now proudly displays a letter from Ronald McDonald House thanking their class for their contributions.
"We recycle (the tabs)," said Susan Bolton, executive director for Ronald McDonald House of Temple. "We collect cans and tabs, but tabs are easier for kids to collect. Over the last few years, every year we've been able to raise $5 thousand dollars every year. That really adds up!"
Sarah said she intends on continuing her efforts throughout the year, and hopefully gaining the support of the entire school.