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Virginia Williamson students raise thousands for Haiti

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Kids in Haiti will get some help from students at a Brunswick County school.

"It feels really good like you're actually doing something for the world, because it is very bad because they weren't that established as a country," student Casey Gossett said.

Virginia Williamson Elementary fourth and fifth grade honor society students created "Spare Change for Haiti." Each Friday during the month of February, the students collected change for Haitian children.

"It felt really good to help them," Gossett said, "We learned a little bit about their culture, and how they go day by day."

75 students collected money for Haitian children suffering from January's devastating earthquake.

"Each week, every Friday we'd collect money and everyone just stuck to that," student April Nash said.

The students would go door to door in school, collecting change to help suffering children they'll most likely never meet.

"We're working on teaching global awareness," Principal Caryl Fullwood said, "Letting kids know about what goes on all over the world and that children are children and they have people just like them in different areas."

The "Spare Change for Haiti" fundraiser brought in $2600 when the goal was only about $600.

"I was just like, wow," Nash said, "I couldn't shop that! i couldn't spend that much in a day."

The thousands raised will go to the "Save the Children" foundation. The PTA helped coordinate the event.

"I'm just proud," Principal Fullwood said, "Proud of Virginia Williamson."

As part of the "Spare Change for Haiti" fundraiser, teachers could participate in "Jeans for Haiti," by paying $2 a day to wear jeans. Students say they're interested in seeing the relief project continue.

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