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Braeburn Students Raise Thousands for Hurricane Relief Through Spell-a-Thon

Braeburn students (from left): Dianna Z., Alexa W., Olivia B., Abby P., Paige S., Ryan R., Riley O. Submitted photo
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Students at West Hartford’s Braeburn Elementary School collected approximately $7,000 in pledges for the American Red Cross as part of their Spell-a-Thon.


Braeburn teachers could not be any prouder of their students.

In the wake of Hurricane Harvey, Hurricane Irma, and Hurricane Maria, students wanted to help doing what they do best … studying and learning.

The Braeburn Hurricane Relief Spell-a-Thon began as an idea, where children could assist other families by doing what they do each day at Braeburn. The students learned twenty spelling words and asked family and friends to sponsor them. Pledges of $.25 to $1.00 for correctly-spelled words were made before the spelling test. After the test was corrected, students collected pledge money for the American Red Cross.

The Braeburn community embraced this idea. The teachers were patient and supportive as spelling lists were developed and pledge forms distributed. Their dedication to others made this Spell-a-Thon successful.

The students rose to the occasion by learning a difficult list of words and collecting pledges. They were the heart and soul of this project. Some children collected quarters and some dollars but each penny mattered to the victims of the hurricane.

The children of Braeburn School came together to make a big difference. They demonstrated their care and concern for others.

As of Tuesday, Braeburn School students had collected $7,000 for the American Red Cross disaster relief fund. They all deserve a pat on the back!

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