Watson Elementary Raises over $4,500

Presenting the check to Akron Children's Hospital.

Watson Elementary School became “Change Bandits” for the seventh year as part of 98.1 WKDD’s Have a Heart, Do Your Part Radiothon to benefit Akron Children’s Hospital. Watson students donated their piggy bank money, loose change and even some birthday money to help the kids in need. The whole school became miracle makers as each classroom tried to raise the most money. Mrs. Rochford’s Kindergarten class holds the title this year with $830 being donated by the twenty-three Kindergarteners. The school had two Bake Sales, Face Painting for $1, and Jeans Days with a donation for staff members. Pizza lunches with a favorite staff member were also raffled off to the students who donated. Many students became involved by making their own collection jar and asking for donations from family and friends. Mrs. Hill, a Watson parent and Akron Children’s Hospital Nurse, came to talk to the Kindergarteners about her job. She brought along items such as an incredibly small NICU baby diaper and miniature blood pressure cuff to help the students realize how tiny some of the patients are that they are helping. Watson students also collected 179 boxes of Valentines for the patients to pass out to their family, friends and staff at the hospital.

On Saturday, February 12th, Watson Elementary School presented Akron Children’s Hospital with an unprecedented check for over $4,500! It was quite a celebration as many people were amazed that an elementary school of only 309 students could raise so much money for other kids. This brings their 7 year total donation to Akron Children’s Hospital to over $17,150, every penny of which goes directly to patient care.
Watson Elementary knows how truly blessed we all are to have such an amazing facility so close to home, as everyone has or knows of someone who has been touched by this miracle making hospital. It’s all about Kids Helping Kids and Watson Elementary, again, had a heart, and did their part for the kids at Akron Children’s.

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