2015-04-05 / News

Fire department receives nearly $2,000 in item donations from STC elementary students

By Mandilee Loomis
Staff Reporter


St. Charles students (left to right) Brenna Ashton, Liberty Faughnan, Blaze Browne, and Wyatt Young are shown here with Tri Township Fire Department Assistant Chief (back, left to right,) Richard Beeler and Chief Pat Harley. The fourth graders donated several items to the fire department last week, including smoke detectors, stuffed animals, tools, and monetary donations. The students received $10 each through the elementary schools Pay It Forward program, and grew their funds by hosting can and bottle drives, selling handmade craft items, and collecting donations. (TCC Photo by Mandilee Loomis) St. Charles students (left to right) Brenna Ashton, Liberty Faughnan, Blaze Browne, and Wyatt Young are shown here with Tri Township Fire Department Assistant Chief (back, left to right,) Richard Beeler and Chief Pat Harley. The fourth graders donated several items to the fire department last week, including smoke detectors, stuffed animals, tools, and monetary donations. The students received $10 each through the elementary schools Pay It Forward program, and grew their funds by hosting can and bottle drives, selling handmade craft items, and collecting donations. (TCC Photo by Mandilee Loomis) ST. CHARLES – Four St. Charles students visited the Tri Township Fire Department recently in order to present it with several items fundraised through a school project. Fourth graders Blaze Browne, Brenna Ashton, Wyatt Young and Liberty Fauhnan were at the fire department last Thursday, March 5 during its monthly business meeting.

The young residents presented fire fighters with nearly $2,000 worth of goods raised through the St. Charles Elementary annual Pay It Forward event.

Blake Browne presented the department with 33 smoke detectors; Brenna Ashton presented them with a GPS system to be used in a fire truck as well as a pair of bolt cutters and hand tools; Wyatt Young presented 150 stuffed animals to be given to children in emergency/trauma situations; and Liberty Fauhnan raised $605 for Saginaw county’s Shop with a Hero Christmas program. (Faughnan also presented her donation to Saginaw County Sheriff William Federspiel and Road Patrol Sgt. Heather Beyerlein on March 25).

Tri Township Fire Department Chief Pat Harley and Assistant Chief Richard Beeler accepted the donations. Harley stated he is thankful for the donations and the positive example the young donors have portrayed to the community.

“It’s outstanding what these kids have done. For them to go out to their community and do this it is just above and beyond. They are such positive examples to their peers and the community,” he said.

“Thank you also to the parents for their support of these kids and thanks to the community for giving like they have,” Harley added.

The concept of Pay It Forward has been taking hold in St. Charles Elementary since 2006, and this year has grown even more. This school year the project included the entire fourth grade and its 64 students. Each year students receive $10 each and are encouraged to not only pay it forward - but to also use entrepreneurial skills to grow the money and give back to the community. Students are also encouraged to donate $10 back to the following year’s event.

A new website at http://payitforwardstc. wix.com/payitforwardstc details the school’s Pay It Forward project, as well as pictures and descriptions of individual projects.

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