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Harper students support local charity

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Representatives of Children's Health Care of Atlanta visited Harper Elementary School on Monday, Dec. 12, to receive more than $840 dollars that was collected by Charissia Belton's fourth-grade class at the school.

Special Photo Representatives of Children's Health Care of Atlanta visited Harper Elementary School on Monday, Dec. 12, to receive more than $840 dollars that was collected by Charissia Belton's fourth-grade class at the school.

When Charissia Belton’s fourth-grade class at Harper Elementary School in Clayton County, was asked to participate in a project, known as “Make A Difference,” the students jumped at the opportunity.

They were asked to raise money, for one month, in an effort to support a local charity, said Tanya Bradwell, a counselor at the school.

With her students on board, Belton’s eagerness for the project went into high gear, and with the assistance of Bradwell, a committee was appointed and given the primary responsibility for organizing and running the initiative.

The committee members, composed of teachers, had to research three different organizations and create PowerPoint presentations to make their case for which organization the class should support.

After the presentations were made, Belton’s class voted on an organization it wanted to support –– Children's Health Care of Atlanta.

“The class [then] established a goal of [raising] $840, an average of $30 per student,” said Bradwell.

With persistence and determination, Belton and her students collected money from their friends and family members. Some students, Belton said, even sacrificed their birthday and ice cream money, to put toward the cause. The seriousness and determination of the students were evident.

“With the help of family, friends, and the faculty and staff at Harper Elementary, Belton's class exceeded its goal, by collecting $853 dollars,” said Bradwell.

On Monday, Dec. 12, representatives of Children’s Health Care of Atlanta made a visit to Harper Elementary School, anxious to see what the students had for the hospital.

Belton and her fourth-grade students presented them with a check for $853.

Because of the school system’s holiday break, district officials could not be reached for comment.