Thursday, December 18, 2014

Parker-Varney students give back for the holidays




What does it take to raise $6,000 in under three weeks? The fifth graders at Parker-Varney Elementary School proved it can be done with hard work and focus on a cause. They held several fundraisers for Liberty House, a transitional housing community for homeless American veterans in Manchester. The students' efforts included candy cane gram sales, a Polar Express movie night, a district-wide dress down day for all employees and staff, and collecting donations online through gofundme.com. 

The fundraiser ended officially today when the Parker-Varney students hosted a luncheon at the Manchester School of Technology for the residents and staff of Liberty House. There, they sang Christmas carols, ate a delicious lunch prepared by MST Chef Mike Holfelder and his culinary arts students, and presented the executive director of Liberty House with a check and other gifts.


In the end, the students raised six times their original goal of $1,000! 

The fifth grade wants to thank alderman Bill Barry for the project inspiration and bringing the needs of Liberty House to their attention. They also would like to thank members of the community for contributing financially and with personal care items and canned goods to help the veterans in need. 

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