$420 was presented to the American Red Cross from the South Hamilton Elementary students. On behalf of the students, first grader Justin Bahr proudly presents the check to Red Cross representative Roxana Webster, Brushy Creek Office in Ft. Dodge. Shown also is Justin's teacher, Mrs. Karla Taylor. It was Justin's concern for their family friends living in Montana during the western U.S. forest fires that inspired the used book sale fundraiser.
Pictured are friends of the Scott Bahr family, Joy and son West Henry Ioerger. They are shown outside their Montana home as the fires were approaching thier ranch. (Luckily, their house was spared.)
They quickly fled to the waiting Red Cross shelter area, where 4 year old West Henry is shown with his teddy bear given to confort him by Red Cross. The first graders were thrilled when Joy and West Henry Ioerger visited them in February and shared their stories, photos, and newspaper clippings. Before the book sale, an informational Red Cross video was viewd by students in grades K-6. They learned the Red Cross cares and will always be there for us in time of need!
Justin voiced concern to his mother, Teresa, and asked how he could help. His mother contacted Mrs. Taylor and they discussed raising awareness and a fundraiser to benefit the Red Cross. K-6 students were asked to bring used books to school. With the support and help of the elementary booster club, the used book sale was a huge success. THANKS to all for their donations and purchases!