Lindbergh pupils raise funds for tsunami relief

Pupils in Kari Pratts fifth-grade class at Crestwood Elementary enjoy Crazy Hat Day. The pupils brought in donations to wear hats at school.

Pupils in Kari Pratt’s fifth-grade class at Crestwood Elementary enjoy ‘Crazy Hat Day.’ The pupils brought in donations to wear hats at school.

Although the Lindbergh School District pupils can’t even spell tsunami, they do know how to spell another very important word — care.

When pupils and staff members learned of the extent of devastation from the tsunami, they immediately began planning numerous fund-raisers and collections, pledging all donations to the American Red Cross. What started as a special “Tsunami Relief Week” turned into a “Month of Caring” for many projects, and large events at some schools.

Because of their generosity, the grand total donated to the American Red Cross was $12,931.31.

At Sappington Elementary, the K-Kids sponsored a month of love to help tsunami victims. The K-Kids made 40 flannel snuggle blankets and sent them to Indonesia to provide comfort for children there.

The K-Kids also decorated 28 coffee cans that were placed in each classroom and at evening events to collect change for the tsunami victims. Also, Brownie Troop 1323 and the K-Kids collected $607.11 through the sale of lollipops and tsunami bracelets.

Elementary pupils at Truman in the Program for Exceptionally Gifted Students conducted a popcorn and pretzel sale in the cafeteria. The sale brought in $500 in profits as well as $385 in donations.

Also at Truman, the school counselors sponsored a “Dress Down Day” in conjunction with KEZK.

In one day, they raised $600 for families in Southeast Asia. Truman’s Student Coun-cil also had a pajama day in which pupils made a donation to wear their pajamas to school.

At the Affton-Lindbergh Early Childhood Education Center, youngsters, staff and parents donated generously to a “Change for Children” campaign.

Besides taking collections at school, the Lindbergh High School Student Council sponsored a Tsunami Relief Trivia Night.

The successful endeavor raised $2,700 in one evening.

Kennerly pupils had collections, donated their allowance, and sold snowmen that they crafted out of socks. Kennerly fifth-graders took up the challenge to match the funds collected by the kindergarten through fourth-grade pupils and sold bracelets.

Crestwood students conducted a hat day in which pupils made donations to wear their favorite hats.

At Long Elementary, pupils and staff conducted a variety of activities, including special theme days to raise funds.

Kindergartners had a Rams day and the children made a donation to dress in their football wear. Other classes had a hat day, a backwards day and a pajama and slipper day. Fifth-graders also helped parents with chores around the house to obtain do-nations from parents.

Sperreng fund-raising activities for tsu-nami victims included a “Collection from the Heart,” the sale of “Together We Pre-pare” bracelets and first-aid kits to benefit the Red Cross, and a balloon and candygram sale for UNICEF.

Truman Principal Andy Wright said, “The teachers, parents and students throughout the district really got behind this undeniably worthy cause. It was a delight to be a part of such a compassionate outpouring.”