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Local children raise money for Sept. 11 victims

By Staff
A GIVING SPIRIT Children from Oakland Heights Elementary School presented the American Red Cross with nearly $1,000 on Monday, a donation they collected with pennies and loose change for the victims of the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks. Children are, from left, Jade Miller, Chris Young, Mydesker Cole, Red Cross Director Cheri Barry, Christopher Banks and Paige Bajus.Photo by Marianne Todd/The Meridian Star
By Marianne Todd/The Meridian Star
Oct. 16, 2001
When elementary school children from Meridian and Newton city were asked to help victims in New York and Washington, they emptied their pockets of loose change.
The children, from Oakland Heights and Newton City elementary schools, brought enough pennies and other change to school enough to raise nearly $2,000 for the victims.
Oakland Heights students presented their portion of the money to the American Red Cross. Tia Bajus, a kindergarten assistant at Oakland Heights, said Principal Kim Benton and other teachers came up with the idea about a week after the Sept. 11 attack.
Bajus said it took teachers at Oakland Heights five days to roll the change. They delivered it to the bank in the trunks of two cars.
Cheri Barry, Red Cross director, told the children the money will go toward her agency's relief fund in New York and Washington where the families of each victim are receiving $30,000 each from the Red Cross.
Marianne Todd is a staff writer for The Meridian Star. Call her at 693-1551, ext. 3236, or e-mail her at mtodd@themeridianstar.com.

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