Some students in Sapulpa helped raise nearly a thousand dollars for an orphan in El Salvador.
Students from Liberty Elementary STEM Academy took a field trip to the bank Thursday to deposit hundreds of dollars’ worth of coins that will help sponsor a student in El Salvador for an entire year.
The students exceeded their coin drive goal and raised just over $571 for Jose Ramirez. After the students used a coin machine at First United Bank to count the money, the bank decided to donate an extra $400.
Principal Tom Walsh said the idea to sponsor an orphan started after his sister went to El Salvador and sponsored an orphanage there.
Telling the school about her work inspired students and staff to help in their own way. Walsh hopes to raise awareness with his students about how other children live around the world.
Fifth grader Chevy Wikel talked about the orphan she and other students are helping.
"He's six years old and he's in kindergarten and we're helping him to get clothes, school things and a home, stuff for his home,” Wikel said.
The principal along with a teacher will travel to El Salvador in October to meet the student and deliver the check and school supplies.