While most kids are anxious to see what gifts they get under the Christmas tree next week, students in Eula are eager to see whether they’ll meet their fundraising goal for needy families in the community.
Kortni Collins, a special education teacher, and her students teamed up with students in a culinary arts class to bake all types of goods and sell them for just 50 cents in a vending machine located in a Eula High School hallway. As of Monday afternoon, proceeds amounted to $315. The goal is to raise $350.
Collins said the fundraiser is a great way to help her students learn life skills while giving back to the community and working alongside the culinary arts students.
“I think it's important for our kids to know that they're very blessed and they have everything they need, but there are other kids out there that don't have what they need,” Collins said.
For students, taste-testing is not the only reward.
“It's nice to have people to experience what we've been experiencing for the past couple years—or past several years—we've been alive,” 8th Grader Jayme Tennison said.
Students who pass by the vending machine between classes are the majority of customers; however, teachers and the 4H club have also made separate contributions.
“Our kids that walk this hall are very kind to each other and they want to share that kindness with others,” Collins said.
Collins said the money will go toward gifts and food for two to three families. The families won’t know who they are until everything is delivered to them Thursday.