Richmond Students Support Charities

Posted on December 20, 2010 by


Richmond Elementary has been conducting different fundraisers lately to raise money for local charities.

In October, Richmond Elementary conducted a pumpkin decorating contest. Twenty-one staff members volunteered to decorate pumpkins. The pumpkins were displayed in the front lobby of the school, and students could vote for their favorite pumpkin by placing change in the corresponding container. The pumpkin that accumulated the most change was the winner.

Altogether, the pumpkin fundraiser accumulated a total of three-hundred and eighty-three dollars, a sum that was much higher than the students and the staff expected. The school bequeathed the money to drug and alcohol prevention programs.

Richmond Elementary also hosted a fundraiser during lunches in which kids could purchase pilgrim cutouts for a dollar. Their names were written on the cutouts and then hung around the cafeteria. One hundred and seventy-eight dollars were raised for the Greater Berks County Food Bank simply through the purchase of these pilgrim cutouts.

Richmond Elementary’s next fundraiser is taking place the week before Christmas and will consist of a non-perishable food drive.  Students and staff are asked to donate canned goods to Friends Inc.  In previous years, Richmond Elementary has offered six hundred pounds of donated food to the charity.

Richmond Elementary is leading the way for other schools to embrace charitable giving. If children are at the forefront of charitable fundraising, a sizeable difference can be made to these local charities. Hopefully, other schools inside and outside of the district will follow Richmond’s lead and make a difference in our society.

If you are interested in making a contribution or volunteering your time to Friend Inc., please visit their website at

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