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By Evelyn Long



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The students in the Cardington-Lincoln kindergarten class of Jill Hess displayed their benevolent hearts when, following a fire at the home of one of their fellow Pirate students, they led a coin drive to help the family.


Hess said “It came to our attention that one of our Pirate students lost their home, vehicles and many other material items in a house fire on Friday, February 14.”


She said the Cardington Fire Department responded to it along with other near by fire departments.


The family includes mother and father and their kindergarten age son; and two girls, ages four and two. They were all able to escape the home.


“We live in such a great small community and I wanted the school and community to come together for this family during such a tragedy for them,” said Hess, who sent a letter home with the K-4 students asking them to participate in a coin drive for the family.


“I was amazed and shocked by the outreach that took pace during this coin drive,” continued Hess. She said many kids emptied their piggy banks and others went door to door asking for coin change. There were parents who dug into their ac-counts and gave very generous donations noted Hess. Staff members also contributed.


“The excitedness of giving that the students were demonstrating was awesome to watch during the week,” said Hess. “We even had some students bring in toys and a pair of cowboy boots for the kindergarten student. Each day the ladies at the First Federal Bank of Ohio counted the money and kept the total and the money safe until the end of the week.”


“On Friday of that week I presented the collected money to the family and it was very emotional for them,” said Hess.


She said they were very appreciative and overwhelmed with the support from the school community.


The money helped relieve a little of the stress of replacing some of the material things that the kids lost.


Hess said the Cardington Elementary students, parents and staff deserve a thank you for their kindness.


“Our district has been through many hard and trying times lately and it was heart warming to see the school community come together in a POSITIVE way,” concluded Hess.


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