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Raising pennies not so easy this year

During the first 100 days of school at Cecil Sly Elementary kids work together every year to raise funds for a worthy cause. Last year students and staff brought in pocket change to benefit a local family in need. The grand total collected then surpassed a thousand dollars.
   This year the target recipient is the Soroptimist Senior Center to help purchase a much needed heating/cooling system, and the goal is to raise $1,000.
   Cecil Sly's 21st Century site coordinator, Ida Settlemyer explained that the 100 days project is geared toward educating children about the importance of giving.
   This year's project also gives educators a chance to talk about senior citizens. As part of that effort, earlier this week school board member Dee Wettstein dropped in to read a story about grandparents to students from Mrs. Shinkle's room. Students are also hearing about the importance of the Senior Center to area families from classroom teachers and library staff.
   Notes went out to parents and families several weeks ago to rally support for the project, but so far donations to the collection jars are meager. Settlemyer indicated that, like other fundraisers around the county, this local fundraising effort is being affected by the national situation. Consequently, halfway into the `100 days' drive the collection totals are much less than originally projected.
   To help reach the intended goal a portion of the funds raised from the school's upcoming bookfair will be earmarked for the charity project. The book fair is scheduled to take place in the school library next week with dates Nov. 19, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.; Nov. 20 noon to 8 p.m.; Nov. 21, 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. and Nov. 26-29 8 a.m. to 4 p.m.
   The public as well as parents are invited to peruse the book selection, keeping in mind that books make great holiday gifts for kids. Forty percent of the book fair proceeds will go toward the project.
   Settlemyer also indicated that the public is invited to make donations at the school toward the `100 days' project. Donations can be dropped off at the office during regular school hours. For more information call the school at 447-7675.