Skagway kids' money goes to Kabul orphans

Posted: Sunday, December 30, 2001

By raffling a quilt and emptying their pockets, the fourth and fifth graders at Skagway School are doing their part to aid children at an Afghani orphanage.

Though none of the students knew Kabul existed before Sept. 11, they leapt into action after reading about an orphanage in the city during their Social Studies class.

"They don't have any heaters," said Brian Beckner. "They have rice for breakfast and tea for lunch and dinner or the other way around."

Each kid made a square on a large quilt, which was raffled off at the annual Alumni Basketball Game. As of Dec. 21, $650 had been raised. Each student also sent a dollar to the fund for victims of Sept. 11.

Raising $1,000 is the ultimate goal, but the project won't end there. The amount the students finally raise will be used in their math classes to figure out how much Afghan money the U.S. currency will transfer into, and how many pounds of rice it will buy, their teacher said.

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