Buffalo Elementary raises $1,200 for March of Dimes

Derik Vanderford Staff Writer

October 11, 2013

BUFFALO — In its second week of fund raising for March of Dimes, Buffalo Elementary School has already raised $1,200 for the cause.

The Buffalo Elementary School March of Dimes team set its fund-raising goal this year at $2,000. After only two weeks, the team is over halfway there.

“I’m so proud of the students and teachers at BES,” said teacher Heather Barnado. “We have raised about $1,200 in only our second week! We will certainly meet and exceed our goal this year!”

Barnado has had several fifth grade students — Kevin and Devin Sprouse, Anna Gregory, Ja Ruth, Laurin Johnson, and Halen Lawing — help her sell freeze pops, Airheads, ring pops, and Fruit Roll-Ups at school in the mornings. Barnado said duct tape flower pens and bracelets have also been good sellers.

“Katie Poole has made over 50 duct tape flower pens for us and we have sold every one,” Barnado said. “They sell like hotcakes — I cannot keep them! I sent more materials and pens this week to have her make more.”

On Thursday, the school held a special after-school dance to help raise money for the cause.

Other fundraisers will include teacher dress jean days (teachers pay to wear jeans), hats off for babies days (students pay $1 to wear hats to school), t-shirts a spare change drive, and freeze pops on Fridays. Other scheduled events include a “Scary Skate Night” from 6-8 p.m. Oct. 28 at Union Skate Center. Admission to the skate night will be $3, and everyone is encouraged to wear their Halloween costumes for a costume contest to be held at 7:30 p.m. that evening.

“I appreciate all the hard work and dedication to the faculty, staff, students, and parents who have supported our efforts this year,” Barnado said. “It has been a true blessing to see compassion and empathy among our children.”

The March of Dimes “March for Babies” walk will be held at 8:30 a.m. Saturday, Oct. 26, at Foster Park.

Money raised during the annual March for Babies supports programs to help mothers have healthy, full-term pregnancies, and it funds research to find answers to problems that threaten babies’ health.