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Westport Fifth-Graders Raise Funds for Japan

A fifth-grade class at Westport's Long Lots Elementary School raised $1,800 for Japan through two bake sales, a spare change collection and a sale of 200 student-designed "Save Japan" bracelets. The funds were donated to the Westport-based Save the Children Japan Relief Fund on Tuesday.

"I am so proud of my students," Lisa Loechner, their homeroom teacher, said in a statement. "After learning about what happened in Japan, they wanted to raise money to help them. They formed a Save Japan committee and met during recess and lunch to plan fundraising activities. Within a few weeks, they raised a lot of money."

All money donated to Save the Children's Japan Relief Fund will exclusively be used to provide disaster relief and support for Japanese children. In addition to immediate relief, this fund will support long-term recovery plans to restore education and child care in Japanese communities ravaged by the earthquake and tsunami.

"We are thankful for the efforts of these students as their generous donation will make a difference in the lives of many children in Japan," Jason Chmura, manager of Save the Children's Community and Volunteer Engagement Resource Development, said in the statement.

Is your child's class doing anything to raise funds for Japan? Let us know below or by emailing Vanessa at vinzitari@mainstreetconnect.us .

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