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DVES Students Establish "Lemon-Aid" Stand for Earthquake Victims
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Thursday, May 21, 2015
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05-21-2015 (DVES) - Deer Valley Elementary students collected $1,500.00 to help the earthquake victims of Nepal through recent student-led efforts. The students became concerned when they heard about the earthquake that shook Nepal in April. Many students remembered that their teacher, Samantha Seymour, had moved there this year to help the people of Nepal through the “Mountain Child” organization. Mrs. Seymour is a teacher at the Kathmandu International Study Centre (KISC).

Students wanted to assist – and approached student council sponsor, Ms. Nicole Stokes about raising money for the school. The student council voted to give the KISC School a $500.00 donation. More students were inspired to donate by the song, "We Are the World," which the students were learning for Deer Valley’s Multicultural Celebration on May 8th. Students raised additional money through donations. However, first grade student, Austin Freyer, took it a step further setting up a “Lemon Aid” stand in his neighborhood and a virtual “Lemon Aid” stand through Gofundme.com. With the help of his friends, both online and at home, Freyer collected $800.00. His teacher Jan Curtis said she is so proud of Austin and his initiative. Curtis’ class quote from Dr. Seuss reminds the students, “Unless someone like you cares a whole awful lot, nothing is going to get better. It's not.” Austin is obviously someone who cares a whole awful lot, Curtis said.

The sum total of $1,500.00 from Deer Valley Elementary will be sent to help the K.I.S.C. School and its students during this difficult time of recovery.

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