Pacific Middle School philanthropists raising $$ for Eastern WA wildfire victims


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From left to right: Natalie Elam, Ethan Wagner, Payton Hayes, Julia McGarr, Elizabeth Kawaguchi, Abby Bork, Irelynn Swangerg, Hope Klingenstein, and Dulcemaria Baez. Click image to see larger version.

Of the more than 60 students in Pacific Middle School’s Leadership course “Dreaming Big” – Olive Campbell, Natalie Elam, Ethan Wagner, Payton Hayes, Julia McGarr, Elizabeth Kawaguchi, Abby Bork, Irelynn Swangerg, Hope Klingenstein, and Dulcemaria Baez – all came to school ready to help Eastern, WA wildfire victims in a very big way.

Their goal is to raise at least $8,000 to help the American Red Cross Northwest Region fund relief for people displaced by the fires.

As these young students see it:

“There are large-scale fires in Eastern, Washington, affecting many of our state’s citizens. The fire started July 29th, 2015 and has destroyed over 65,355 acres of land. Over 24 houses have been burnt down and four businesses have been destroyed. There are over 100 structures in danger of being destroyed by the fire. Firefighters have contained 35% of the fire perimeter as of September 12th, 2015, and found out that it was human-caused. And, we can do something to help,” said Associated Student Body President, Olive Campbell.

Today, the Leadership students set out with over 30 boxes that read “Eastern, WA Fires Drive” in the hopes that $4,000.00, just $6.15 per the approximately 650 students that attend their school, will be generated from part of their campaign through coin and dollar collections. The other $4,000.00 they wish to raise, will be done via their Go Fund Me website. If you are interested in supporting their campaign, please go towww.gofundme.com/vikingfirefund, and donate there.

“Our student’s energy to do more for the world is amazing. We have so many projects that the kids are working on, but with this particular one, the students successfully convinced our entire school that is was a worthy cause in little time,” said Jennifer Muscolo, Pacific’s Leadership teacher. “We are grateful for your support to help these young minds accomplish their goals.”

To help, please visit – and consider donating at: http://www.gofundme.com/vikingfirefund.


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