By HANNAH JOHNSON – Stillwater Gazette
A group of St. Croix Preparatory Academy students raised more than $2,000 for charity this year.
SCPA’s middle school student council – which currently has 17 members of fifth-, sixth-, seventh- and eighth-graders – raised $2,208.26 for the Juvenile Diabetes Research Fund and the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation. The money will be divided equally between the two organizations.
The student council met every Tuesday morning an hour before school began to plan events to raise money for the organizations. The students chose to support these particular organizations since there are students at the school with diabetes and cystic fibrosis.
"The student council has been fun because we’ve been able to make a difference and raise awareness," said sixth-grader Ellis Snyder.
Eighth-grader Matthew Bauman, who serves on the student council, said the fundraising hit close to home since he has diabetes.
"It’s been fun to plan the events and look back after they’re done to see how much fun the students had," Bauman said.
The students organized several events, including movie night, fall dance, "Country Hoe Down" spring dance, spirit days and hat day.
"This group worked tirelessly all year and were extremely responsible for all aspects of student council," said Julie Coe, the student council’s advisor and a third grade teacher at SCPA.
Hat Day was one of Bauman’s favorite events since nearly two-thirds of the school bought hats from the student council and wore them proudly around school.
The student council presented two checks to JDRF and the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation on Thursday.