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Aiken Students Raise Funds for Ukraine Relief

Aiken Ukraine fundraiser
From left: Emily Torres, Simone Ford, Hadley Gagnon, and Leilani Fuller. Violet Frank is not pictured. Submitted Photo

Of their own initiative, five third-grade students raised over $900 with a PJ day fundraiser.

A group of five third-graders at Aiken Elementary School organized a PJ day fundraiser on April 8, to collect donations for The Voices of Children Foundation. The Voices of Children Foundation is a Ukrainian aid organization that provides psychological and psychosocial services to children who have been affected by war, including through the use of art therapy.

The school raised $912.92 for The Voices of Children.

Simone Ford, Violet Frank, Leilani Fuller, Hadley Gagnon, and Emily Torres are students in Abby Peltier’s class and brought the idea to her and then on to their principal Shannon Mlodzinski. They made posters and raised awareness over the school’s morning announcements each day last week.

Their ask was for students to bring in a dollar or more on April 8 for The Voices of Children and to wear PJs in support of the kids in Ukraine who have been forced out of their homes due to the war.

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