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Sarah Booker, left, and McKenna Howells collected 10 backpacks and four large bags of clothing and school supplies, which will be donated to the Atlantic City Rescue Mission for victims of Hurricane Sandy. Sarah Booker, left, and McKenna Howells collected 10 backpacks and four large bags of clothing and school supplies, which will be donated to the Atlantic City Rescue Mission for victims of Hurricane Sandy.

Fourth graders organize clothing drive for Sandy victims

MARMORA – After seeing the damage created by Hurricane Sandy firsthand, two fourth graders at the Upper Township Elementary School decided to do something about it.

 

Sarah Booker, 9, and McKenna Howells, 10, fourth graders at the elementary school, organized a clothing drive to help victims of the hurricane. They collected 10 backpacks full of school supplies and four large paper bags of coats, scarves, hats and gloves.

“I thought a lot of people needed help,” said Booker. “I wanted to do something about it.”

Howells said she has an uncle who lives in Ocean City and lost his car and home in the storm.

“There are a lot of people like that,” she said. “They lost everything.”

Fourth grade teacher Mariann Sowney helped organize the drive with the students. She said Booker approached her three days in a row seeking approval for the project.

“She came to me with such excitement,” said Sowney. “I talked to the principal and we were able to get started.”

Howells similarly approached her homeroom teacher, Elizabeth Klein, said Sowney.

“They both got the entire school involved,” she said.

Items were collected through Thursday, Dec. 20 at the school. The donations were then given to the Atlantic City Rescue Mission.

“The township, the students and the parents, they have been quite generous,” said Sowney. “But this was spearheaded by the kids.”

 


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