Bailey Lake Elementary in Clarkston Exceeds Coin Drive Expectation for Ukrainian Refugees, Travel Over 13k in 5 Days – CBS Detroit

(CBS DETROIT)– A week ago, students at the Bailey Lake Elementary in Clarkston started a whole-school coin drive to raise money for a former classmate living in Poland whose family has taken in Ukrainian refugees.

“We are very excited to give them this check and give them this money today,” said Bethany Rocho, 4.th class teacher at Bailey Lake Elementary in Clarkston.

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The school set out to raise what they could, without a fixed goal in mind, but when the numbers came in on Friday, they exceeded everyone’s expectations.

“Open your eyes,” Rocho says to his former student via zoom.

“Can you read that number, what does it say,” said the former student father, OT Benson.

“$ 12,962.21, that’s a lot of money,” said 4th grade LJ Benson as she saw the huge check her former classmates had via zoom.

Ms Rocho says that number has risen even more over the weekend and is well over $ 13,000.

A 5-day coin ride at the school quickly turned into an even bigger event where donations from the community poured in.

“We had people who wanted to venmo us, we had people who wanted to hand over checks, bigger bills,” Rocho says.

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She says someone even came by her home and gave a check after hearing about the coin collection.

Since February, the Benson family has provided temporary shelter to more than 30 Ukrainian refugees in their homes in Poland. They say the donations will go a long way.

“They do not have suitcases, and they do not have many changes of clothes, so your money, they donated, they can buy these people new shirts, new pants, new shoes.” OT Benson said via zoom to his daughters former classmates in Clarkston. “You have helped many people, so many thanks.”

The coin collection is over, but if you would like to make a donation that goes directly to Ukrainian refugees, the school is still accepting donations. You can reach them at the number below.

Bailey Lake Elementary in Clarkston

HEADPHONE LINE: 248.623.5300

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