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Students collect donations for Auxiliary programs

When it comes to collecting money for charity, there’s a group of elementary students in Kenmare who either take their job very seriously or seriously like ice cream.

12/01/15 (Tue)


Threepeat... Students in the Kenmare Public School's fifth grade erupted when it was announced they had won an ice cream party for the third year in a row because of money they collected for American Legion Auxiliary programs.

By Marvin Baker

When it comes to collecting money for charity, there’s a group of elementary students in Kenmare who either take their job very seriously or seriously like ice cream.

For the third year in a row, the students in Kenmare’s fifth-grade class have been awarded an ice cream party by the American Legion Auxiliary for their role in collecting donations for Auxiliary programs.

That means two years ago, it was the third grade class, last year it was the fourth grade class and this year, it’s the same group of students who are now in the fifth grade.

These kids were jubilant after Marilyn Bott, American Legion Auxiliary District 6 President, announced the winning class on Friday.

“What a way to finish the week,” one student said as he slurped on a dish of ice cream coated with caramel and chocolate.

According to Bott, kindergarten through sixth grade raised a total of $637.34, with the fifth grade collecting the highest amount, $101.65, in the upper elementary grades, easily taking the title once again of ice cream icons.

In the lower elementary grades, the kindergarten topped the list of all grades, collecting $149.31, eclipsing the first and second grades by approximately $35.

Bott, a member of American Legion Auxiliary Unit 195 in Donnybrook, said elementary students collecting money for the auxiliary is a state project that has gone well. And she is especially proud of the Kenmare students for their continued support of the American Legion Auxiliary.

“The money goes to veterans projects, Girls State, a kiln for the veterans home in Lisbon and for service dogs for wounded warriors,” she said. “A letter went out so parents knew what was going on.”

This is at least the third year that the Donnybrook post has been accepting the donations, according to Bott.

And with the fifth grade already having won three times, she isn’t sure that challenge will ever be duplicated... Read EVERY WORD on EVERY PAGE of The Kenmare News by subscribing--online or in print!