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Pinecrest Academy is a second-year charter school in Northern Nevada. As the students read “A Long Walk to Water”, they wanted to incorporate a service-learning project. The 5th-grade students are driving the fundraisers as they learn valuable skills along with the knowledge that they have the power to change the world! Here’s a recap of what they have been up to:
MINUTE TO WIN IT: “We participated in a minute to win it spare change challenge. Our 5th graders, made video announcements, hung posters, and counted LOTS of change”
REFLECTION WALL/FLOWER SALE: “We are excited to be working on our second quarter fundraiser. We have partnered with a local florist to offer gift cards for 12 months of flowers”
BRACELET SALE: “Thank you to everyone who has purchased a Pinecrest bracelet!!! Fifth graders will continue to sell them for a few more weeks. Bracelets are $1.00”
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