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October 24, 2012

Byng students raise $6,450 for varying charities

Ada — Byng Public Schools pulled together all five campuses for a week-long charity drive to benefit a chosen charity for each of the schools.

The week, themed “Bynging Assistance To Those In Need” or “BATTIN’ Around the Campus” raised over $6,450 in one week to benefit five separate charities chosen by the individual schools.

Students from all the district sites —  Byng High School, Byng Junior High School, Byng Elementary, Homer Elementary and Francis Elementary — had a pledge drive that lasted a week.

During the week, the five schools raised money by collecting a different denomination of coins each day.

Each school’s charity was also represented by wearing a particular color to represent that charity by students and staff alike on the days of the school week. Students wore green on Monday to benefit Olive Schools and the devastation that had recently occurred with the wildfires.

Tuesday, students wore blue to represent the Wounded Warrior Project.

Wednesday was Yellow day and it signified help for the Byng Volunteer Fire Department.

Thursday was Red day as Special Olympics was the focus of the drive.

Friday, the final day, was maroon day and benefited the Shriner’s Hospital.

Different amounts were collected at different sites and different days; however, the moneys were split evenly among the five charities. Each charity will be presented a check for $1285.

Citizen’s Bank of Ada partnered with Byng Schools and offered assistance in the counting of all the coins. Jana Davis, Homer Upper Elementary principal had this thought on the week, “Our theme for the year at Homer Elementary is to be ‘bucket fillers’. This very week showed how strong of a sense of community we have when it comes to offering assistance to others. It was a great week to fill the buckets of those who need throughout our city and our state.”

Although it was the first time the event had taken place, the enthusiasm showed by students, faculty and staff are sure to make it become an annual event, officials said.

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