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3/15/05-Longview

Union Grove School Tsunami Relief

Some East Texas school children have continued their efforts to help those who are victims of the Indonesian tsunami. Union Grove student council members from kindergarten to 6th grade decided they wanted to do something to help those in need half a world away, those that suffered from December's deadly tsunami. They began dropping nickels, dimes, and pennies into buckets, they gave their allowances, even their ice cream money.

"We brought money to our school and change so we didn't get candy and stuff like that, so we would bring it here for the American Red Cross for them to have food and water and homes," said 9 year old Kayla Barnett.

"They wanted to help tsunami victims, as the week went by the penny jars filled and it just got larger and larger, finally our teachers and started putting in money," says Union Grove teacher Mary Lou Cox.

In the end they collected 13-hundred-46 dollars for the relief effort, even more incredible when you consider their total enrollment is only 350 students. Today the students were presented a certificate of appreciation from the American Red Cross.

"I didn't think it would be so much, but I'm proud of our school cause a lot of kids did think of them before themselves, I mean just giving a penny helped all those peoples lives," says 11 year old John David Rodgers.

A lesson we'll all remember. "It doesn't matter what age you are, you can help," says Barnett.

Bob Hallmark reporting. bhallmark@kltv.com

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