Students at Paul Norton Elementary School create new Valentine’s Day fundraiser for local nonprofit


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Students at Paul Norton Elementary School create new Valentine's Day fundraiser for local nonprofit

Students at Paul Norton Elementary School create new Valentine’s Day fundraiser for local nonprofit

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Bettendorf, Iowa (KWQC) — As Valentine’s Day approaches, some Quad Cities elementary school students have created a way to make sure they feel loved around the QCA.

Amy Horn, third grader at Paul Norton Primary, said: “I really enjoyed seeing everyone come in and see them very happy to give each other some Valentine’s Day gifts.”

The Students’ Union at Paul Norton Elementary School has come up with a new fundraiser to celebrate Valentine’s Day.

“We knew we wanted to do something around Valentine’s Day to promote goodwill, and we wanted to do something across the school so everyone could get involved,” said Kelsey Benson, kindergarten teacher and student union leader at Paul Norton Elementary School.

For every dollar raised by each child, the child will receive a Blow Pop, and the child will then write a handwritten Valentine’s Day gift for everyone else in the school.

The fundraiser is divided into four days. After the first two days of sales, students raised $500, and the money kept coming.

“We had a game plan, we came back in week two, we had more fools, we had more Valentine’s Day. I had 500 more today and we sold out. Our school district and our community are very Generous, and they really agreed with that,” Benson said.

In total, Benson estimates the kids raised $1,500.

“Everyone’s support has been amazing,” Benson said.

However, the giving goes beyond Paul Norton Elementary School. All funds raised will go to QC Closet2Closet, a non-profit organization that helps foster children with their wardrobe and toiletry needs.

“We’re a non-profit founded by children, so it’s very exciting to get help from children because we’re a child-help-child type of organization,” said Allison Haskill, director of day-to-day operations at QC Closet2Closet. “Pandemics have been tough on fundraising, so we’re thrilled to receive this unexpected gift.”

“We talked about how to see this person in the target, you can see this person in any store and you might not know what they’re going through,” Benson said. “They may be going through something and your generosity has helped them, maybe made them more comfortable, or made them feel more confident in themselves

For a student, a fundraiser takes on extra meaning.

“I have a lot of foster members in my family and one of my brothers was adopted so I wanted to help them,” said Liam Lightfoot, third grader at Paul Norton Elementary School. “It’s important to help others because in the end they might help you.”

Haskill said QC Closet2Closet will use the money to buy wool blankets, the most requested item by customers.

The fundraiser needs some tweaking, Benson said, but she wants it to become an annual tradition.

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