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Maple St. Raises $3,700 for Loaves & Fishes

Penny Drive a Huge Success

Pennies can make a difference.

That’s what Maple Street Magnet School for the Arts students learned during their coin drive during the holidays. Students raised $3,738.94 for Kalamazoo Loaves & Fishes through the fundraiser, which ran the month of December.

Parent Nicole Butz said she serves on the Parent Advisory Council, and it was there that she heard about a successful coin drive at another school. She brought the idea back to Maple Street and the students and staff ran with it.

Teachers offered incentives to help drive donations: David Fooy dressed as Buddy the Elf and Brian Bazydlo shaved his beard when students hit certain dollar goals.

Butz said their original goal was to raise $1 per student or about $900. Students and staff exceeded that goal with their generosity and enthusiasm.

Greta Faworski, resource development director for Loaves & Fishes, stopped by the school in January to receive the donation.

She told students that their gift will provide about 12,000 meals for clients of the organization, which purchases about 40 percent of the food that it distributes to the community. Loaves & Fishes operates food pantries throughout the community, including 10 in various Kalamazoo Public Schools’ buildings.

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