Pepin/Center kids give back with snowmen

  • Easthampton schools mascot Eli Eagle gives a big hug to a Center/Pepin School first grader on Monday, December 19, 2016, during a surprise visit to thank students for raising over $700 for the Easthampton Community Center. —GAZETTE STAFF / KEVIN GUTTING

  • Center/Pepin first grader Logan Andrades holds a paper heart just given to him and his class by Easthampton schools mascot Eli Eagle on Monday, December 19, 2016. Eli's surprise visit delighted Logan and classmates, from left, Sam Hunter, Piper Barel, Brady McGinn-Stevens and Lucy Nolan, who were part of an effort by the student body at the school that raised over $700 for the Easthampton Community Center. —GAZETTE STAFF / KEVIN GUTTING

  • Easthampton schools mascot Eli Eagle offers Ava Jillson a heart for her kindergarten class at Center/Pepin School on Monday, December 19, 2016, to add to the paper snowman they made as a fundraiser for the Easthampton Community Center. Principal Allison Rebello, left, helped Eli deliver the hearts to all the kindergarten and first grade classrooms, although all grades contributed to the over $700 that was raised. —GAZETTE STAFF / KEVIN GUTTING

  • First grader Mackenzie Coffey smiles after high-fiving Easthampton schools mascot Eli Eagle on his visit to Pepin/Center School classrooms Monday. GAZETTE STAFF / KEVIN GUTTING

  • Kindergartners Jude Pratt-Miranda, left, and Kendall Sullivan greet Easthampton schools mascot Eli Eagle on his visit to the classrooms of Pepin/Center School on Monday, December 19, 2016. Eli made surprise visits after students in each class completed a fundraising drive for the Easthampton Community Center by decorating a paper snowman on the door of each of their classrooms. The student body raised over $700 in the effort. —GAZETTE STAFF / KEVIN GUTTING

  • One of the kindergarten classes at Center/Pepin School in Easthampton added a "quad" vehicle to the paper snowman they made as part of a fundraiser for the Easthampton Community Center. —GAZETTE STAFF / KEVIN GUTTING

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Published: 12/26/2016 5:47:35 PM

EASTHAMPTON – Kindergartners and first-graders got a surprise visit from the Pepin/Center Elementary Schools’ mascot, Eli the eagle, who came to thank students for raising a total of $701.74 for the Easthampton Community Center. 

“Guess how much money Center and Pepin raised for the Easthampton Community Center?” Principal Allison Rebello asked students.

“Maybe 5,000,” one student said.

“I think 100,” another student said. 

As a fundraiser for the center, each class had a paper snowman taped to the door. To decorate the snowman, students can raise money for items such as a carrot nose, hat, a pair of eyes and scarf, which are $3 each. A fully “built” snowman equaled $24 in donations.

Susan Pouliot, a kindergarten teacher, said the fundraiser was a “wonderful experience.”

The snowman allowed students to learn about money and numbers in a visual way, Pouliot said. Students could see how two five dollar bills made $10, and with $10, Pouliot said students could choose three items for the snowman and have a dollar leftover. 

Eager to decorate their snowmen, many were fully decked out after the first day of the fundraiser.

Add custom items to the snowman. Some added candy canes, snowflakes, sunglasses, a mustache and one classroom added a “quad” vehicle to go along with their snowman.

While each class raised at least $24, some classes raised $60 to $70. 

“Eli is super happy because you helped out,” Rebello told students.

The mascot carried an enlarged check to show students how much was raised and gave each class a paper heart to add to their snowman with a thank you note.

“When we give back, what grows back?” Rebello asked the students.

“Our heart,” the children answered.

Caitlin Ashworth can be reached at cashworth@gazettenet.com.




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