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Independence third-graders raise $555 to help local homeless children

Published: Thursday, Nov. 21, 2013 1:33 p.m. CST

BOLINGBROOK – Students in Jessica Groebe’s third-grade class at Independence raised a $555 earlier this month simply by selling 25 cent post cards to students and staff at the Bolingbrook elementary school.

The money was sent to Power Connection, a Bolingbrook-based agency that provides a wide range of services to local residents including low income families and those who are homeless.

The class called their fundraising drive “Socktober,” which is a movement started by YouTube sensation, comedian and motivational speaker Kid President.

Students sold the 25 cent postcards in the morning and students wrote positive messages on them to fellow students, teachers, aides, lunchroom staff, office staff, etc. The postcards were collected and distributed before the end of the day, along with two Jolly Ranchers, to each recipient.

“All of the postcards had notes of friendship, encouragement, and gratitude,” Groebe said. “I’m so excited and proud.”

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