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Greenbrier students accept challenge to help others

May 29, 2010
  • Back row, from left, Jared Tribett and Sabrina Manganaro. Front row, Grace Simonson, Amanda Richey, Kayla Cline, Alexandra El-Mohandes and Executive Director Paul Miller. Not pictured: Zachary McClure and Allison Crigger.
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Members of the fifth grade Enrichment Reading group at Greenbrier Elementary School, at 21222 San Mar Road in Boonsboro, were challenged in September to become a contributing member of society.

The challenge resulted in a donation to the Humane Society of Washington County of handmade blankets and $300.

The students presented their donation to Executive Director Paul Miller May 19.

The students were accompanied by Linda Forrest, the Enrichment teacher at Greenbrier Elementary School and their parents. Students who participated in the project include Alexandra El-Mohandes, Kayla Cline, Sydney Evans, Sabrina Manganaro, Grace Simonson, Amanda Richey, Jared Tribett, Christian Kotch, Chandler Penn, Zachary McClure and Allison Crigger.

"This has been a yearlong project with different activities occurring each month. The students also had to contribute both locally and globally as part of their challenge," Forrest said.

In September, the students wrote a proposal to their principal, Beth Allshouse, and organized a coin drive in October to raise funds for their projects. Competition was added among the classes in the form of recess and an ice cream sundae party for the classes with the largest amounts collected.

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Students also made blankets for the homeless animals at the shelter.

After making their donation, the students toured the facility.

In addition to helping the Humane Society, the students decided they would "adopt" an endangered animal from the World Wildlife Federation. Before choosing, they researched the animals, presented speeches and voted for their choices, deciding on the American Bald Eagle and Black Jaguar.

The students also donated $250 to Feed the Children Haiti and $50 to the Greenbrier PTA for the beautification of the school's entrance.

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