Barrington students raise $1,500 by wearing 'Slippers for Sandy'

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Students at Sowams Elementary School in Barrington slipped on their slippers during the school day while raising more than $1,500 for the victims of Hurricane Sandy.

On Wednesday, students could trade a $1 donation for permission to wear slippers in school. The fund-raiser, titled "Slippers for Sandy," helped raise $1,541.21, which organizers planned to give to the American Red Cross hurricane relief effort in New York and New Jersey.

It all started in Jackie Pereira's second-grade classroom. Mrs. Pereira said she has family and friends who live in the areas hit hardest by Hurricane Sandy, which rolled ashore on Oct. 29. She asked her students if they wanted to help out and was excited when they accepted the challenge.

Eventually, Mrs. Pereira's class settled on organizing a fund-raiser called "Slippers for Sandy" — for a nominal donation, students all across Sowams could wear their slippers to class. Mrs. Pereira said the school community rallied around the cause; some classrooms also offered students incentives for increased fund-raising. Mrs. Pereira told her class that if they raised $100, she would let them wear pajamas with their slippers. Her class went out and raised more than $700.

"I am so proud of them," Mrs. Pereira said. "We set a goal ... they did a great job."

Mrs. Pereira actually drew up a poster with a hand-made meter to chart the fund-raising. She said her class "crushed the meter."

One student in particular, Davis Johnson, raised more than $150 all by himself.

"His mom e-mailed me and said he was out in the pouring rain one day going door to door, asking for donations," Mrs. Pereira said. "It's unbelievable."

The fund-raiser started on Nov. 13 and wrapped up on Wednesday, Nov. 21.

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