Lo­cal stu­dents raise funds for home­less

Daily Local News (West Chester, PA) - - FRONT PAGE - By Fran Maye fmaye@21st-cen­tu­ry­media.com @ken­nettpa­per on Twit­ter

Two stu­dents at New Gar­den El­e­men­tary School said they were just try­ing to help those less for­tu­nate.

NEW GAR­DEN >> Two stu­dents at New Gar­den El­e­men­tary School said they were just try­ing to help those less for­tu­nate when then teamed up to raise money for a home­less shel­ter in Ken­nett Square.

“We wanted to help the home­less be­cause we are Boy Scouts,” said Brandt Berger, who co­or­di­nated the fundrais­ing ef­fort with fel­low stu­dent Char­lie West­phal, who are in Boy Scout Pack 136 of New Gar­den. “We did this to­gether, and we just wanted to do a good deed.” The boys raised $289.34. Su­san McAr­dle, prin­ci­pal at New Gar­den El­e­men­tary School, said the boys ap­proached her about a month ago and told her they wanted to take up a col­lec­tion for the home­less in Ken­nett.

“I told them it was a won­der­ful idea,” McAr­dle said. “I gave it my bless­ing. I guided them, but they co­or­di­nated ev­ery­thing. We sat down and came up with a plan.”

McAr­dle helped to iden­tify teach­ers at ev­ery grade level to col­lect the money for grades one through five. Then they staged sev­eral pro­mo­tional days, such as sun­glasses day. Both boys even baked cook­ies and de­liv­ered it to His Mis­sion Home­less Shel­ter on Birth Street in Ken­nett Square.

“I think what they did is re­ally, re­ally awe­some,” said Bobbi Butcher, one of the care­tak­ers at His Mis­sion. “This money from the chil­dren will help us out a lot. It will help with food or a bill or two. We get no money from the state or county or gov­ern­ment. We get no help at all.”

Butcher said 14 men are cur­rently stay­ing at the shel­ter, but the num­ber could eas­ily dou­ble that when the cold weather hits.

“We take peo­ple from ev­ery­where,” she said. “Right now, we have two gen­tle­men from Hawaii.”

Said McAr­dle: “We are a wel­com­ing school here at New Gar­den and we take on a lot of dif­fer­ent things to help others less for­tu­nate than us. It’s al­ways good to help others in need. We are proud of them.”

FRAN MAYE — DIG­I­TAL FIRST ME­DIA

Pic­tured from left: Su­san McAr­dle, prin­ci­pal of New Gar­den El­e­men­tary School, Brandt Berger, Char­lie West­phal, and Bob­bie Butcher of His Mis­sion Home­less Shel­ter in Ken­nett Square.

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