Students raise $11,000 for Meals on Wheels

by Sarah Fay Campbell

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Students from Noel Smith's four grade class at Willis Road Elementary School were among the top fundraisers in the fourth annual Coins for Cupcakes for Meals on Wheels. Pictured are, left to right, Allison Felton, Abby Sneve, Patrick Hill and Joshua Cayabyab.

Coweta County school students raised more than $11,000 for Meals on Wheels of Coweta through the Fourth Annual Coins for Cupcakes Challenge.

That's enough to pay for 3,517 home-delivered meals for elderly Cowetans.

During the challenge, students collected coins. And dollars.

And when it was all said and done, they collected $11,114.01.

Willis Road Elementary School students raised the most in this year's drive, as they do every year. Their 2013 total was $2,098.

Noel Smith's fourth-grade class has collected the most in the school for the past four years as well. This year, students raised $636. Madras Middle School was second, with $1,473.

The class at each school that raises the most money gets a cupcake party - hence the fundraiser's name. 'Meals on Wheels of Coweta applauds the hard work and dedication that made this year's challenge the most successful to date and sincerely thanks all the students, families, teachers and principals who participated,' said Lizabeth Andrew, president of Meals on Wheels of Coweta.

Fourth-grader Allison Felton said her great-great-grandmother used to be on Meals on Wheels and she wanted to help others.

'It feels like I'm making a big difference,' said Taylor Thom.

'It's not just about me winning. It's about all people getting food,' Felton said.

Coins for Cupcakes is a popular event with the students, said Willis Road Principal Charles Smith. 'The teachers do a good job of getting the students to understand what it's for,' he said.

One student told him 'I want to donate my allowance because I don't want my grandmother to go hungry.'

'A lot of these kids have great grandparents or grandparents who have benefitted from the program,' said teacher Noel Smith. He said one student brought in $80, and another $50. Smith said he offers a lot of incentives for the students to participate - including extra minutes of recess based on how much money they raised.

Twenty-two schools and clubs participated in this year's event including Atkinson Elementary, Brooks Elementary, Canongate Elementary, Eastside Elementary School, Elm Street Elementary, Glanton Elementary, Newnan Crossing Elementary, Northside Elementary, Poplar Road Elementary, Thomas Crossroads Elementary and Beta Club, Willis Road Elementary, Ruth Hill Elementary, Western Elementary, White Oak Elementary, Arnall Middle School, East Coweta Middle School, Evans Middle School, Lee Middle School Jr. Beta Club and Builder's Club, Madras Middle School, Smokey Road Middle School, Newnan High School and Northgate High School.

Over the four years of the fund drive, Coweta County s chool student s raised $39,401.44.



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