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Oak Creek Elementary students support group that aids schools
Students raise money for Lake Oswego School District Foundation
Oak Creek Elementary School students turned something fuzzy and cute into $1,850.
Fifth-graders in teacher Jane Liermans class recently held a fundraiser selling small stuffed animals called Flopsies to their fellow students.
The class voted to give $750 to the Lake Oswego School District Foundation and $100 to the Oak Creek parent-teacher association, said Oak Creek parent Marla Murray.
Students now are writing opinion pieces on what charitable organizations the remaining $1,000 should benefit. They will present their proposals to the rest of the class.
Students presented foundation board member John Stirek with a check on March 8 at the school library during a night the school shows a movie and teaches families about the foundation. Since the foundation was established in 1986, the foundation has raised more than $21 million for the school district. All but about 6 percent funds teachers salaries.
Liermans class sells Flopsies every year, and its always a highly anticipated event with students selling out this year in less than four days, Murray said. Students market the product and ring up sales themselves.
Its a good lesson for them, learning about philanthropy and learning about business, Murray said.
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