Elementary School students have global impact

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Red Nose Day in Point Pleasant.

POINT PLEASANT — Fifth- grade students at Nellie F. Bennett Elementary School put on silly faces to get a serious message across about children living in poverty.

Now, their efforts have placed them as national finalists in the running for a $5,000 prize in the Red Nose Day in School Challenge.

“If we win the $5,000, we’re going to send care packages to children in poverty that include food, water, clothes and blankets,” said Lisa Collins, the fifth-grade teacher who introduced the idea to her students.

Mrs. Collins’ class is one of eight national finalists in the grade 3-5 division.

“This contest came up through my email … and I thought the kids would have a lot of fun with it,” Mrs. Collins said May 16.

“I did a lot of different lessons about childhood poverty and teaching the kids to have empathy and put themselves in the shoes of someone who doesn’t have food or clothing and money.

“We did a lot of different activities to prepare for it and then the kids basically came up with scripts and where they wanted to film and what they wanted to say.”

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