Supporting Australia

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Minnesauke Elementary School students worked to bridge the distance between East Setauket and Australia this winter as they conducted several community service projects to aid the country deeply affected by the harsh wildfires. 

Third graders worked to help the Australian animals by participating in a charity readathon. Receiving pledges from family and friends, the students cuddled up with their pets or stuffed animals, pretending they were an Australian animal, and read to raise money. Collectively, the grade level raised $1,662.45. 

In a project dubbed “Operation Hope for Australia,” fifth graders in Kate Hunter’s class completed extra chores around their houses to raise funds for a startup action plan. The students used the collected funds to purchase supplies to make friendship bracelets in red, white and blue – the national colors of both the United States and Australia. 

Each bracelet included a 3D-printed charm, designed and printed using the Tinkercad software in the school’s STEM lab with the help of teacher Sean Dowling. Ms. Hunter’s class marketed the bracelets in the cafeteria and sold them to friends and teachers. The class collected more than $1,159 for the Australian Red Cross, which they sent overseas along with several of the completed bracelets to show their support.