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Elementary School News

January 14, 2013


Elementary Students Launch Fundraiser to Help Hurricane Affected Classrooms

“It began as an art project my kids and I embarked on,” explains MRHE second grade teacher Janine Lillard, “to create canvas paintings of a dove (the symbol of Public School 15 in Red Hook, NY) with uplifting messages on each canvas with the idea that the school PS-15 could hang these in their building once it is in good condition again. The kids had a blast making this and wanted to do something that would REALLY help them.”

ELEM students hosting a fundraiser PS-15 was one of the schools that was hit hard by hurricane Sandy back in October 2012. The students and staff in Red Hook, NY only recently returned to their classrooms. But instruction has been made difficult due to the lack of basic supplies that were damaged in the storm. Lillard and her students shared their desire to help the students with MRHE Principal Jason Adams.

The idea to organize a “Penny Splash” and begin collecting money and school supplies that will be send directly to PS-15 was put into action. “Kids can bring in pennies or splash a penny by bringing in nickels, dimes, quarters or dollars,” says Lillard. In addition, anyone can click on the link above to make a donation via Paypal. The service project was launched during Friday’s Gathering where each MRHE classroom was given a bucket to collect their coins.  A flyer explaining the Penny Splash was sent home with students on Friday as well. Just to make it interesting, the class who collects the most monetary donations by January 25 will earn a pizza party.

Some of the supplies that PS-15 still needs are:ELEM students hosting a fundraiser

  • Tissues
  • Hand Sanitizer
  • Snacks (no peanuts please)
  • Paper Towels
  • Cleaning Wipes
  • Copy Paper
  • Chart Paper
  • Notebooks

Donations of school supplies can be sent to school with students or brought into the main office.

If you need more information, please contact Janine Lillard at (314) 644-4403 or

For more information, contact MRH School District at (314) 644-4400.