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Reagan students exceed fundraising goals

Money will be split between three causes

Published: Tuesday, June 11, 2013 1:15 a.m. CDT

DIXON – Tracy Kitzman’s seventh-grade social studies class raised $4,792 for its Global Citizenship Project, almost double its goal of $2,500.

The Reagan Middle School class will buy wells for impoverished communities in Africa from Heifer International. Some money was donated to the sixth-grade Oklahoma [Tornado] Relief Fund, and some will be given to the Dixon Food Pantry.

“Our donations will support impoverish families both locally and abroad with food and clean drinking water,” wrote students Izabella Kitzman and Alyssa South for the district’s website.

This is the fourth year Kitzman’s students have tackled a global humanitarian project.

She lets them vote each year on which issue they would like to address. The first year, they donated to the American Red Cross for Haiti earthquake relief. Hunger in Africa was the cause the last 2 years, and additionally, the middle-schoolers fought hunger at home last year by also raising money for the Dixon Food Pantry. Donations totaled $1.674.

The money was raised through a school talent show, T-shirt sales, concessions, art projects, and donations from private/corporate sponsors. BorgWarner donated $1,900 alone, Kitzman said.

Kitzman added: “All of this demonstrates that students this age really can and do make a difference. This group has set the bar really high for next year’s incoming class.”

Oklahoma Relief Fund reaches goal, too

Sixth-graders Kelsey Horton and Jozi Dever wanted to raise a dollar for every mile from Dixon to Oklahoma City for the Moore School District destroyed by a tornado on May 23.

By the last day of school June 7, they almost raised enough for a round trip.

The students raised more than $1,200 for the Moore, Okla. School District.

“We have received so much community support,” Reagan teacher Suzanne Weaver said. “It has been outstanding.”

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