---- — MT. VERNON — Area school children banded together to raise close to $3,000 for the United Way of South Central Illinois.
“When I delivered the coin drive supplies to schools, I was amazed at the level of excitement that students, staff and administrators displayed for the fundraising drive,” said Melanie Andrews, assistant Regional Superintendent of Schools for Hamilton/Jefferson Counties. “Many schools already had contests set up to motivate students in the classrooms. Administrators awarded doughnuts and pizza parties to classes that raised the most money. Teachers also made individual contributions to the United Way.”
Andrews, one of the United Way’s education division volunteers, organized the schools in the friendly competition to raise the most funds, with a total of $2,849.57 collected.
Woodlawn Grade School came in first place in giving, with $651.24.
Funds collected from participating schools were:
Opdyke-Belle Rive, $30.39; Grand Prairie, $73.50; Mt. Vernon Township High School Communication Arts Department, $171.77; Field Grade School $40.64; Casey Middle School, $234.71; J.L. Buford Intermediate Center, $83.15; The Primary Center, $84.04; Summersville Grade School, $59.89; McClellan Grade School, $41.39; Bluford Grade School, $182; Rome Grade School, $418.70; Farrington Grade School, $70.69; Bethel Grade School, $121.40; and Waltonville, $586.06.
Andrews said she is thankful for the students, teachers, support staff, administrators and parents for contributions to the United Way this year.
“Through support in local schools, the United Way is able to continue to assist students and families in need throughout the year,” information states.