Sowams students donate check to Red Cross

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Sowams Elementary School students gave a check totaling $1846.15 to the American Red Cross to be used to help Rhode Island Hurricane Sandy victims during a morning assembly on Wednesday. The school raised the money through a fundraiser called, "Slippers for Sandy," where students could trade a $1 donation for permission to wear slippers in school.

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 for the cause.

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