Tritt students raise $5,704 for children affected by Sandy
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December 20, 2012 09:01 AM | 5637 views | 3 3 comments | 18 18 recommendations | email to a friend | print
Students at Tritt Elementary in east Cobb raised money to help a school district hit by Hurricane Sandy. The idea was the effort of a third-grader named Eli Medof who approached Tritt's principal and student council for their support. Above: Eli helps box up cards and letters written for the East Rockaway school district on Tuesday morning. <br>Staff/Todd Hull
Students at Tritt Elementary in east Cobb raised money to help a school district hit by Hurricane Sandy. The idea was the effort of a third-grader named Eli Medof who approached Tritt's principal and student council for their support. Above: Eli helps box up cards and letters written for the East Rockaway school district on Tuesday morning.
Staff/Todd Hull
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Eleven-year-old Noah Amsterdam labels envelopes full of hand-drawn cards from his classmates at Tritt Elementary for the East Rockaway district students.<br>Staff/Todd Hull
Eleven-year-old Noah Amsterdam labels envelopes full of hand-drawn cards from his classmates at Tritt Elementary for the East Rockaway district students.
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The Tritt Elementary School student council  raised more than $5,000 from student donations. An anonymous donor agreed to match that amount and the Pope High Student Council and Key Club added another $800 to bring total donations to $12,208.<br>Staff/Todd Hull
The Tritt Elementary School student council raised more than $5,000 from student donations. An anonymous donor agreed to match that amount and the Pope High Student Council and Key Club added another $800 to bring total donations to $12,208.
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MARIETTA — What started as a third-grader’s idea to help out elementary school students whose school was damaged heavily by Hurricane Sandy on Oct. 29 has become one of the largest student-only fundraising projects for Tritt Elementary School in east Cobb.

Eli Medof, 8, was moved by a fundraising telethon for Hurricane Sandy.

“Eli was standing behind me and he said, ‘Mommy, we should do something to help,”’ said Alli Medof, his mother.

She told him to talk to Tritt Principal Karen Frost, who charged Eli with coming up with a plan to raise funds and suggested he pitch it to the fourth- and fifth-grade student council to get their support.

“She saw an opportunity for him to be a leader,” Alli said.

Eli presented his children-only fundraising idea to the student council, who gave him the green light.

To help find a school to give their donations to, Alli Medof connected through Facebook with a teacher at East Rockaway, N.Y.,’s Rhame Avenue Elementary School, a 325-student in kindergarten through fifth-grade school that was damaged heavily by the storm and only started to reopen this week.

During the first few weeks of December, Tritt students did a multitude of things to raise money.

Some did extra chores around the house; sold hot chocolate, lemonade and jewelry door to door; gave up their allowances and savings; and asked for their church congregations help in supporting the cause.

By Dec. 14, the elementary students raised $5,704 on their own, got support from the Pope High student council and Key Club with a donation of another $800 and a parent who asked to be anonymous matched the $5,704, bringing their total to $12,208, all of which will be given to the school for administrators and teachers to decide how it will be used.

Eli raised $98 on his own by setting up a table outside a Trader Joe’s grocery store in east Cobb and making origami cranes that he would give to anyone willing to donate to the cause.

“I feel glad that there are people who still care and help,” he said. “That’s why I wanted to do this. It reminds me that there is still good stuff in the world.”

On Tuesday, Eli and members of the school’s student council packed up cards written by all 900-plus Tritt students and a banner that each child signed for the students at the New York school. They will also be creating a video postcard telling the Rhame Avenue students what all they did to raise the funds and how happy they are to be able to help them out.

They hope the package gets to the school before the Christmas holiday.

Madalyn Corcoran, the fifth-grade student council president, donated her allowance and vacuumed to raise money.

“It was really amazing to see everyone so kind and gentle and coming up with such great ideas,” the 10-year-old said. “I was very excited to start doing this.”

Frost said the efforts by her students have been amazing.

“Kids are embracing the fact that they are helping another school in need and our student council has taken this on as a huge project and really encouraged kids to earn the money, not just have their parents donate,” she said. “Kids have done that!”
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issa26@optonline.net
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January 04, 2013
I am a Rhame Ave parent and a resident for 12 years. My son is in 2nd grade and my daughter is in Kindergarten. I am also the leader of the Daisy troop, who just received the bookmarks and letters your Daisy troop sent me. We can't thank you enough for all your generosity. Thank you from the bottom of our hearts!!!!!!! Melissa W.
shivie1
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January 04, 2013
I am a Rhame Avenue parent and a resident for 20 years. My daughter is in 2nd Grade and we can't thank you enough for the incredible deed you did. The children lost a lot in their classrooms and for someone your age to think of us in our tiny little town of East Rockaway when we feel we have been forgotten and unnoticed by the rest of our country, you have touched our hearts beyond measure. Thank you Eli.
GCK213
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January 03, 2013
I'm a resident of East Rockaway and former PTA president, although my son attended Centre Ave., not Rhame Ave, school. This outpouring of support for our tiny little town is just mind boggling and I know I speak for many when I say thank you from the bottom of our hearts!
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