Charles County Chil­dren’s Aid So­ci­ety re­ceives book do­na­tion from ANS stu­dents

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Charles County Chil­dren’s Aid So­ci­ety, a non­profit or­ga­ni­za­tion serv­ing un­der­priv­i­leged chil­dren of Charles County, re­ceived a huge do­na­tion of new books from the stu­dents of Arch­bishop Neale School in La Plata.

“For the fifth con­sec­u­tive year, we held a week­long coin drive to raise money for new books to do­nate to chil­dren in need,” Traci Ren­ner, ANS li­brar­ian, said in a re­lease. “It’s done as a com­pe­ti­tion, grade ver­sus grade. The com­pe­ti­tion was strong this year.”

With the promise of a pizza party for the grade that raised the most money, stu­dents were check­ing piggy banks and sofa cush­ions to raise the most money. The stu­dents raised a record $1,022, en­abling them to pro­vide CAS with 270 new books.

Prin­ci­pal Linda Bourne was im­pressed, but not sur­prised, by the results. “We put a great deal of em­pha­sis on giv­ing to oth­ers. Gen­eros­ity is an im­por­tant part of our Virtues in Prac­tice pro­gram and the stu­dents are happy to par­tic­i­pate.”

Out of the to­tal raised, ANS kinder­garten­ers con­trib­uted about $327, mak­ing them the pizza party win­ners. Third and first grade stu­dents came in sec­ond and third, re­spec­tively.

Ris­ing third-grader Skyler Gra­ham said she en­joyed tak­ing part in the coin drive. Though her class did not win, she was de­lighted with the out­come.

“I feel happy giv­ing to chil­dren who need help,” Gra­ham said in the re­lease. “I feel so sad when I see kids who don’t have a home or money to buy food or clothes. I am a kid, so I know giv­ing a kid some­thing they need will make their day bet­ter and their heart happy again.”

Pamela Vahle, chair­woman of the Chil­dren’s Aid So­ci­ety, said the or­ga­ni­za­tion an­nu­ally serves around 2,000 chil­dren, and it is far from a solo ef­fort.

“We are very grate­ful to the stu­dents of Arch­bishop Neale School for rais­ing money to help chil­dren that are less for­tu­nate in our com­mu­nity,” Vahle said in the re­lease. “Th­ese books will be given out at our Christ­mas Toy Con­nec­tion Pro­gram in De­cem­ber. Giv­ing back to help­ing chil­dren in our com­mu­nity is the best feel­ing any­one can have. We could not do this with­out you.”

For more in­for­ma­tion about the Chil­dren’s Aid So­ci­ety, con­tact 301645-1561, info@chil­drens-aid-so­ci­ety.org or go to www.chil­drens.aid. so­ci­ety.org.

SUB­MIT­TED PHOTO

Stu­dents from Arch­bishop Neal School in La Plata raised $1,022 for the Charles County Chil­dren’s Aid So­ci­ety.

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