Fundraiser kick-off

In fewer than 60 seconds, teachers were wrapped in toilet paper, pulled tissues from boxes, stacked Ding Dongs on their foreheads and knocked water bottles down using a ball inside pantyhose which they wore over their heads.

Wapakoneta Elementary School teachers competed by grade level in Minute To Win It games Friday afternoon as they kicked off the schools’ annual service learning project, encouraging kids to help kids by giving to the Ronald McDonald House.

Guest speaker Van Wright encouraged the students to “do whatever small thing they could to make a difference.”

“It doesn’t matter how much,” Wright said. “It just matters that you help. Every one of you can help.”

The school’s 900 students, kindergarten through fourth-grades, are aiming to raise $5,000 this year, and they are asking the community for help, in addition to collection pop tabs and other fundraising efforts they have worked on throughout the year.

Watching a video on the Ronald McDonald House and how it helps families of hospitalized children, students were reminded that they are helping to create a home away from home in a “house that love built.”

Through the years, Wapakoneta students have raised more than $130,000 to donate to the Ronald McDonald House.

The service learning project started at Centennial Elementary School and has carried over to the new Wapakoneta Elementary School as it continues to encourage students to think about other people.

Teachers are preparing for a quarter auction to benefit the cause Thursday at the school. Doors open at 5:30 p.m. and the auction, with items from 20 different vendors to be bid upon, begins at 6:30 p.m.

Vendors are to include Close to my Heart, Lia Sophia, Pink Zebra, Longaberger Baskets, Uppercase Living, handmade blankets by Mary Beth Webb, Thirty-One, Scentsy, Tupperware, Vantel Pearls, McDonald’s, Tastefully Simple, Avon, At Home America, So Unique Bowtique, Distinct Images, Pampered Chef, Bella Mia, Gold Canyon Candles, and Charme.’

Bring quarters for the auction, teachers said.

Sandwiches, snacks and soft drinks also are available for purchase.