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Cogswell School Coin Collection Results in $596.33 Donation to Philippine Relief

Cogswell School held a three-week coin collection resulting in a $596.33 donation to the Red Cross for the Philippines Relief Effort.

by Michele Earle

El Monte

Wanting to do their part to help the residents of the Philippines as they recover from Typhoon Haiyan which struck the country in early November, the Cogswell Elementary School Cubs held a three-week coin collection.
For three weeks students dropped their change into containers in their classrooms and the daily efforts resulted in a $596.33 donation to the Red Cross for the Philippine relief effort.
“The students were aware of the devastation the typhoon caused and we talked about it at our morning assemblies and everyone agreed they wanted to help in some way,” said Gerardo Yepez, Cogswell principal.
“I’m very proud of our students for working together and wanting to help the victims in the Philippines.”
From kindergarten through sixth grade, all students participated in the fund-raiser and the class with the largest donation will get to enjoy a pizza party.
“It feels good to help others,” said Abigail Torres, sixth grader.  “I got $4.75 of my own money out of my piggy bank to donate and I’m glad I did.”
Third grader, Anissa Estrada was also happy to bring her change and help the Philippines.
“It’s sad what happened to the people of the Philippines and it is good that our school raised money to help them.”
Millions of people were affected by Typhoon Haiyan, one of the most powerful storms on record to make landfall and cause catastrophic damage to the Philippines.  The Cogswell family hopes that their donation will provide some help.
“Every little bit helps in situations like this,” said Yepez.  “The relief efforts will be needed for a long time and we are glad we can offer some support to the Red Cross and the families in the Philippines.”

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