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Westport Kids Raise Big Bucks for Those in Need

Students from kindergarten through fifth grade at Westport's Coleytown Elementary School banded together to raise more than $12,800 for Save the Children, an international nonprofit located in Westport.

More than 500 students, parents and volunteers participated in a 1-mile walk at the school May 13. The schoolwide event was organized by the fifth-grade students and parents in the PTA's Community Outreach Committee.

Throughout the walk-a-thon, each class was paired with its "buddy" class: fifth-graders walked with second-graders, fourth-graders walked with first-graders, and third-graders walked with kindergartners.

The event was organized to raise funds for areas hit by recent natural disasters. The money raised will be split between efforts to help Japan, which was devastated by a March earthquake and tsunami, and part of the United States recently hit by deadly tornadoes.

Raising awareness was also a goal. All participants wore red and white to show support for Japan and a "CES CARES" rubber bracelet.

This walk-a-thon was one of many outreach efforts coordinated by the PTA Community Outreach Committee. Throughout the year, Coleytown collected cold-weather gear for the Family and Children's Agency of Norwalk, books for an elementary school in Bridgeport and food for the Homes with Hope's Gillespie Center Food Pantry in Westport.

Photo identification: Back row from left, Principal Janna Bell, fifth-grade students Callum Stirton, Ethan Steuer, Jacob Kogan and Daniel Thompson and PTA Community Outreach volunteer Hallie Wofsy. Front row from left, Anne Marie Fox, director of development at Save the Children, and fifth-grade students Ava Sahagian, Avery Mendillo, Gabriela Vega and Alexis Bernard and Coleytown PTA Community Outreach volunteer Susan Arrow.

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