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Fifth graders at Negaunee Middle School raise $300 for Salvation Army

Four Marquette County middle schoolers are helping to make sure nobody goes to bed hungry.
Updated: Jun. 2, 2021 at 6:41 PM EDT
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NEGAUNEE, Mich. (WLUC) - Four Marquette County middle schoolers are helping to make sure nobody goes to bed hungry.

“Sometimes people say you can’t do something like ‘you can’t do this, and you can’t do that’ but really we can do anything if we try,” said Negaunee Middle School Fifth Grader Evan Asikainen.

And that’s exactly what they did.

Evan Asikainen, Jacob Bengry, Griffin Leece, and Wyatt Nelson are fifth grade students at Negaunee Middle School, and they raised over $300 for the Salvation Army of Marquette County.

“We have this thing in our class called ‘Genius Hour’ and it’s where you get to pick what you want to do and make money off of it and we decided to make money off of selling football cards and sports cards,” Bengry said.

On Wednesday, that money was handed over to Salvation Army Captain Doug Winters.

“All the money’s going to go directly into our feeding programs. So, for our food pantry as well as out lunchtime feeding program, we’ll use that money directly there. That’s what the boys wanted as part of this fundraiser,” said Winters.

And he said receiving a donation this size from a group this young has been incredible.

All four of the boys took on a huge challenge, which was not what they expected.

“It was harder because we had to get all the cards and we had to make the packs and we had to sell them,” Leece said. But that hard work paid off.

“It feels pretty good that we don’t have the money on us anymore because we finished, and we did what we wanted to do,” said Nelson.

Winters said it’s been eye opening to see youth who understand there’s a need within the community.

Selling their sports cards and making a difference.

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