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Third-graders at Lakeview Elementary in Bazetta Township learned it doesn’t take much to change the world after a small class project spilled out into the entire community.
It all started with lessons on slavery and the Holocaust. The students decided after learning about the struggles and tragic losses during those times, they wanted to do something good. That’s when the “Change the World” project started.
“We learned about a lot of bad things and how it happened,” said third-grader Cassidy Hluchan. “We kind of wanted to make a difference in the world and do good stuff.”
The students decided they wanted to focus their project locally and raise money for Animal Charity in Youngstown.
“I collected money and made blankets for the dogs,” said third-grader Allison Redman.
Word of the project got out and money started pouring in. Third-grade teacher Melissa Kmetz said parents in other classrooms got involved and called the school asking how their employers could help. Students even went door to door collecting money for the project, ultimately raising more than $3,000.
“We’ve done a lot of small projects, but this one certainly grew to be the largest one to date,” said Lakeview Elementary Principal Scott Taylor.
The staff at Animal Charity was surprised by the amount of money brought in. The funds will used to replace aging cages.
“I think we did really good,” said third-grader Trent Lowery.
Not only did the students truly “change the world,” they learned a valuable lesson.
“I hope this inspired them that they’re never too young to make a difference,” said Kmetz.