Fourth Grade Fundraiser

After the Lilac Fire late last year, a trio of local fourth graders teamed up to spearhead a donation drive at their school. Kyra Doherty, Evie Spengler, and Bella Jessen all live in San Elijo Hills and attend San Elijo Elementary School (SEES), though they are each in different classrooms. Moved by the local community’s harrowing experience, they decided to do something to make a difference. They collected change during drop-off times for three mornings, raising over $600 to benefit Southern California fire victims. The funds were donated to the American Red Cross via check and CoinStar.

“It was important to the students to support those affected by the fires with shelter, food, and tools for recovery, especially as there was concern fire might strike closer to home and area schools were closed for the day,” shared Jennifer Spengler, Evie’s mother. All three organizers are on the SEES newspaper, The Eagle Outlook, and Evie is a member of the student council.

The American Red Cross of San Diego/Imperial Counties serves more than 3.6 million people in Southern California and American Samoa. The organization provides disaster assistance, education, and preparation services. The local chapter was founded in 1898 and involves more than 2,000 volunteers.