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Schools continue to show heart as they raise funds for Haitians

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By Stephen Thomas

HEBRON ESTATES - Where there’s freedom, there’s hope.

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The Freedom Elementary community worked together raising $3,329.64 in donations for Haiti earthquake relief efforts.

Freedom physical education instructor Susan Hatchett said the funding was distributed to the American Red Cross.

The school had two special event days to collect funds, the first being Hats for Haiti. Hatchett said each student could wear a hat in school for a $1 donation.

“We had some wild ones, too,” Hatchett said.

A second event, Hope for Haiti, tied in with the requests made by Presidents Barack Obama, George W. Bush and Bill Clinton.

Hatchett said each class collected individual donations. The top primary and intermediate classes received a pizza party.

The winning classes included teachers Cheryl Huddleston and Leslie Thomas.

Mr. Gatti’s Shepherdsville owner Pat Doctor donated the pizza.

“Everyone just gave above and beyond,” said Hatchett. “We have a very giving school.”

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Shepherdsville Elementary

The Shepherdsville Elementary community collected 1,801 jars of peanut butter as their Haitian earthquake relief effort.

Principal David Pate said the jars would be donated to Waves of Mercy, a Kentucky-based ministry that assists Haitian orphanages.

The Kindergarten class edged out the second graders for highest class total, 387 to 377.

Ms. Kelly German’s Kindergarten class was the highest individual classroom with 225 jars.

The top individual student was Carson Grider with 130 jars.

A celebration ceremony included pies in teachers faces, some for achieving individual class goals and some for not quite reaching goal.

Volunteer students from Bullitt Lick and Eastside Middle Schools assisted with jar packing and delivery.

Shepherdsville thanked the following community donor participants: North Bullitt Christian Church; Peoples Bank of Bullitt County; Family Court Judge Elise Spainhour; Bullitt County Central Dispatch; Mt. Zion Baptist Church; Save-A-Lot; Kroger; Little Flock Ministry Center; ValuMarket; First Baptist Church of Shepherdsville Pre-School.

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Bullitt County schools are encouraged to contact The Pioneer News with reports on fundraising efforts as well as letting the communtiy know how they can help the Haitian earthquake relief efforts though the school. Call 543-2288 or email editor@pioneernews.net.