Staff photo by Allison Potter
Parent volunteer Russell Ebelherr announces the top fundraisers in Wrightsville Beach School’s effort to help Hugh J. Boyd Elementary School in Seaside, N.J., devastated by Superstorm Sandy.
Wrightsville Beach Elementary School students, parents and local businesses joined together to raise $16,000 for Hugh J. Boyd Elementary in Seaside Heights, N.J.
Russell Ebelherr, a parent who helped spearhead the efforts, said WBS would continue to raise funds and keep in contact with the 235 children who attend Hugh J. Boyd.
“We didn’t just drop a check off,” Ebelherr said.
During a presentation on Wednesday, Nov. 28, Ebelherr announced the two classes that raised the most money.
The third graders in Maria Thompson’s class and the fourth graders in Christine Born’s class combined raised about $3,800.
Born’s class also counted the money each morning.
“It was fun and to make it a math lesson was even better,” Born said.
Ava Lyon and Corbett Rogers, 9, said they hope the students can use the money to buy food and supplies.
“What I think is important is that they get what they need,” Lyon said.
Rogers said it was fun seeing how much money they raised.
Two weeks ago, Ebelherr and coach Doug Shaw drove to New Jersey.
“We got a tour of Seaside Heights. … We got to see the devastation,” Ebelherr said.
The school is similar to WBS in that it is close to the coast, but many of the 235 students were already impoverished before Hurricane Sandy hit.