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EES students raise pennies for vets

A recent “Pennies for Veterans” drive at Ellsworth Elementary raised $1,230. Pictured are (from left) Jenny Voelker (fundraiser organizer), Mallory Voelker (third grade student), Dave Till (Director of Pierce County Veterans Office), Hunter Halverson (third grade student) and John Groh (EES principal). Photo courtesy of Mindy Anderson

The students of Ellsworth Elementary School recently completed a fundraiser campaign to support the local military veterans from Pierce County. The "Pennies for Veterans" drive began in early May and concluded on May 25. Collectively, students in grades 4YK through 5 raised $1,230.

The money will go to directly support services for veterans right here in Pierce County. Jenny Voelker, wife of a military veteran, partnered with Dave Till and Tami MacGregor from the Pierce County Veterans Office. Ellsworth Elementary paraprofessional Angie Nelson led the drive at school. Finally, Katie Galloway, from Associated Bank helped with the use of the bank's change counter.

Associated Bank also donated over 125 piggy banks to the entire third grade class. Collectively, they raised more money than any other grade. The piggy banks have a divider down the middle, one side for personal savings, one side to save for charities. Each piggy bank came with a penny in each side.

The Pierce County Veterans Office supports local veterans in many ways. One way is through the partnership of the Veterans Service Commission. This group is comprised of three local veteran volunteers who serve as directors. Part of their mission is to help veterans in need. In particular, homeless vets will benefit from these funds. If you are interested in donating to the Veterans Service Commission, all donations are welcomed and are tax deductible. Please contact Dave Till or Tami MacGregor at 715-273-6753.