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Gary’s Longfellow New Tech Elementary students make a difference

Gary’s Longfellow New Tech Elementary students make a difference


When Longfellow fifth-grade teacher Kamille Furman and her colleagues Jessica Bliss and Jennifer Donsbach were looking for a nonprofit to assist, she reached out to her friend and Hospice of the Calumet Area marketing director Damian Rico to speak to her students and parents.

“We were looking for an area nonprofit that our school community can help and after the presentation given to our kids and parents, we felt a connection to the organization’s mission,” Furman said.

The three fifth-grade classes had a friendly competition and decided to sell lemonade for two days to see how much money they could raise for Hospice of the Calumet Area. Recently, Longfellow asked Rico to come back and make an appearance at the school and presented him with a check for $300.

“It was really fun and we are really happy to know that we can help people and make a difference,” said Bethany Britzman, Longfellow fifth-grader. “My favorite part was selling the lemonade to help people.”

Longfellow plans on continuing their relationship with HCA and has expressed interest in having their students and parents volunteer for the organization.

“We are very proud of our students,” Furman said. “They really worked hard to choose their product, market it and sell it. I was amazed by their efforts. At 50 cents a cup, that’s a lot of lemonade they sold for a very worthy cause.”


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