From staff reports
Eagle Ridge Elementary School students in the gifted program are hoping to pay it forward through various upcoming fundraisers benefiting Project H.O.P.E. (Helping Other People Everywhere).
“Project H.O.P.E. was started in 2008 after my father Ken Jasnau won the Volunteer Caregiver Award from the Rosalynn Carter Institute for Caregiving. He donated the $1,000 he was awarded to my students and Beverly Meeks’ students,” said Jill Drew, Eagle Ridge teacher. “He challenged the students to use the money to help others. Students were each given $20 and they had to take that to help someone or an organization and in return they had to write about what they did for someone and tell how it made them feel.”
Project H.O.P.E. will have its first annual Arts & Crafts Extravaganza fundraiser from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 8 in the Eagle Ridge cafeteria. The admission fee to shop is $2 per adult and $20 for vendors interested in reserving a table to sell their products during the event.
Project H.O.P.E. students will bell-ring from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday in support of the local Salvation Army by encouraging Walmart shoppers to donate funds.
For more information about Project H.O.P.E., to donate, or to reserve a table space for the Arts & Crafts Extravaganza, call Drew at (478) 456-6204 or Meeks at (478) 457-4996.
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