Students Buy 'Pets'

1 decade 6 months 3 weeks ago Thursday, May 24 2007 May 24, 2007 Thursday, May 24, 2007 6:12:35 PM CDT May 24, 2007 in News
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"Pet" stands for personal energy transportation. It's a hand cranked cart that goes where wheelchairs can't in poor countries.

Jacquie Ward, a 6th grade teacher, organized the fundraiser after seeing KOMU footage of landmine victims crawling in Vietnam.

"I thought it was really important for the kids to see their teachers involved in community service and to be so inspired that they want to take action," said Monica Wihalm, Gentry parent volunteer.

Gentry Middle School raised more than $800 with a prize wheel. That's enough to buy three pets for people who can't walk on their own.

Also today, principal Deb Corkery talked about her upcoming retirement after more than 30 years with the Columbia School District.

What will she miss? "Just the hundreds of teachers and kids. We have such top notch teachers and it's gonna be really hard to leave them....and hard to leave the kids," said Corkery.

Assistant principal Janice Morris will become the new head of Gentry Middle School.

Click on the links in the Story Toolbox to look at KOMU's stories on Vietnam that inspired the fundraiser.

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