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Cookie-making profitable fund-raiser for FIS

A fifth-grade class reading assignment turned into a discussion, which turned into cookie- making and something pretty big for a whole bunch of 10-year-olds.

“We read a story that dealt with a grandfather who had Alzheimer’s,” said Suzanne Richards, a Farragut Intermediate School teacher, adding that her own grandmother has the illness. “We started a discussion about Alzheimer’s and how people are affected by it.”

Eventually, student James Tourville came up with an idea, she said.

“I just did some research on the computer about Alzheimer’s,” James said. “Another class had done something for the tsunami victims, and I thought we could do something like that.”

James suggested the class make cookies at home, sell them at school and donate the money to Alzheimer’s research.

For three mornings in February, the students in Richards’ class, along with the children in Wendy Goodrich’s class, manned four tables in different areas around the school.

Chocolate chip and M&M cookies sold best, the students said, but almost all the cookies were gone on the last day.

“We actually only had a couple of cookies left, which were the smushed ones,” said fifth-grader Christine Joyce.

The class gathered with principal, Dr. Robert Frazier and vice-principal Kay Wellons, in the school lobby Friday, Feb. 24, to give a check to Bobby Fields, outreach coordinator for the Alzheimer’s Association. The cookie sales, along with a few donations, resulted in a $500 contribution.

“If I’m not mistaken, “this is the most money ever raised by a youth group for the Alzheimer’s Association, ” Fields said.

Zach Dunn was on the class’s executive committee, which had to be at school at 6:50 a.m. to help set up the tables, he said.

“I made sure everyone was doing their job,” he said. “I went around to all the stations to see how good they were doing and how much money they had.”

Christine Joyce said she had a couple of duties. “I made a poster and I made four packs of chocolate chip cookies. I helped organize cookies at the stations, so there was sugar in one pile, chocolate chips in one pile and others in another pile.”

“I was on the poster committee,” said Caitlin Jones, who made posters and chocolate chip cookies. “We were trying to figure out something we could say to the press.”


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