(WJRT) - (04/23/18) - Changing babies one act of kindness at a time with the support of some of the youngest members of our community.
The ABC12 ELGA Credit Union Dimes for Diapers collection is underway at schools across the area.
Students are not only counting their dimes, quarters and pennies to help support the cause, they're coming up with creative ways to raise money for the Flint Diaper Bank.
It's about more than spare change. The money will help support area families who would otherwise struggle to provide clean diapers for their children.
About 40 mid-Michigan schools are participating in the effort.
Here's a list of the schools we're putting in the spotlight (their class photos will appear at the end of this web article):
May 14 - Students at Reid Elementary in Goodrich counting up their dimes, nickels and quarters and even walked to ELGA credit union to make their own Dimes for Diapers deposit! Reid Elementary is made up of mostly preschoolers, kindergartners and first graders, so they're among some of our youngest donors.
May 7 - We've been hearing stories about some pretty special students who care about the cause including Kennedy, a developmental kindergartner from Reid Elementary in Goodrich. Her principal Mrs. Millerschin tells us that she decided to ask for donations instead of lots of presents for her birthday this year. Kennedy raised $221 for Dimes for Diapers and another $221 for Children's Miracle Network after seeing an ad on TV.
May 4 - Little but mighty! St. Mary's in Mount Morris is among about 40 schools in our area that are participating in this year's dimes for diapers collection to raise money for The Flint Diaper Bank. They worked together to count donations and did it in style!
May 3 - First graders from Mrs. Hagler's class at St. John the Evangelist in Fenton helped bring in donations in hopes of winning a pizza party. One student said, "Even if we don't win pizza, babies who need diapers still get them so we still end up winning!" She says her students were inspired by our loving community and wanted to help!
May 3 - Mrs. O'Brien's class of kindergarteners from Holy Rosary in Flint are donating too! They're among the youngest students participating in the Dimes for Diapers effort.
May 1 - Young donors at St. Roberts Catholic School in Flushing are rallying for the cause. Mrs. Trantham who teaches 4th grade shared photos of her students bringing in boxes of assorted diapers.
April 30 - Students at Atherton Elementary School in Burton helped to count the change and organize all the donations they've brought in to help families who can't afford diapers. The Wolverine Way motto is "Doing our best all day, everyday in every way."
April 27 - Dimes for Diapers leaders at Reid Elementary in Goodrich have been making posters, collecting change and talking to their classmates and community about the importance of the program. The students taking part are all in preschool, kindergarten or first grade. Last year, their school took second place and were among our youngest donors.
April 26 - Mrs Bearbowers' 5th grade class at Springview Elementary in Flushing is showing off all the change they've collected in support of the cause! Students are working hard to fill up the containers and are eager to donate to the The Flint Diaper bank.
April 25 - Fiedler Elementary in Kearsley collected donations for the Dimes for Diapers effort by setting up a booth at the school's family fun night. Mrs. Ashley's 4th grade class sold everything from homemade baked goods to art work and refreshments for the cause.
April 24 - Myers Elementary in Grand Blanc started out their Dimes for Diapers fundraiser by making and selling slime! The Myers student council has been working hard to come up with ways to raise money for the cause. Last year, they took home third place in the dimes for diapers competition. This year they've had a movie night and even a wacky hair day.
April 23 - St. Robert Catholic School in Flushing kicked things off this year by holding a "Dress Down Day" with Mrs. Kelly's 6th graders sharing a picture of their class. It's one of the smallest participating schools, but the Mustangs made a huge difference last year as our Dimes for Diapers champion. For a donation, students were able to trade in their uniforms for the day to wear casual clothes of their choice.
The Dimes For Diapers campaign runs through May 4.
ABC12 will visit the top three collecting schools and present a trophy celebrating their efforts and contributions. They'll be featured in our Good Kids segment.
The community wide ABC12 ELGA Credit Union Diaper Drive is June 1.
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