LANSING | Over a four-day period students from T.F. South High School's History Club collected just over $800 with the intentions of donating the funds to benefit local veterans. "The students collected every day in second period, and the class which raised the most would win breakfast. The students also walked around during lunch and collected change," said Chris Roberts, T.F. South teacher and History Club sponsor. "We we very appreciative of all the student donations and many of our teachers who contributed."
Roberts worked through Jo-Ellyn Kelley, co-owner of J.J. Kelley's, which has hosted a fundraiser for the LCPL Martini Foundation to make the donation to the foundation. In turn, the foundation donated that $800 amount to the Lansing Junior Woman's Club to be used for the 5th Annual Veteran Appreciation Dinner which takes place Thursday at the Knights of Columbus hall in Lansing. Martini's mother, Laura Martini, met with the students who organized the collection.
"The school felt a connection since Mr. Martini was a T.F. South alum. The kids did a remarkable job not only collecting, but then taking the time to count the money and declare a winner. I am very lucky to have such a great group of young adults who took their own time for such a worthy cause. Last year, we were going to donate the money to Wounded Warrior but it was very difficult to get in contact with their offices," said Roberts. "The students decided that we should focus on something more local, and that is how the Phil Martini Foundation was chosen. Then with the suggestion of Jo Ellyn Kelley, we decided to contribute the money towards the dinner. The students really wanted to help the veterans and make sure that they had an enjoyable dinner. The students were also invited to help out at the dinner, and are very excited to spend time with local veterans."