Student raises money for elementary school
Shrewsbury – A nickname earned in elementary school can be something that is treasured forever or something that someone can spend an entire life trying to run away from.
For fourth-grader Justin Schmautz, affectionately knows as "The Car Wash Kid," the nickname he earned while at Coolidge Elementary School will be a constant reminder of the day he decided to do something good for his entire school.
While playing basketball in gym class one day, he noticed that the basketball nets were ripped and could stand to be replaced.
He turned his family's annual yard sale into a car wash and bake sale fund-raiser, raising $75 for his school.
"I was very excited about giving Mrs. Barko [Cynthia Barko, the school's physical education teacher] money for new nets but there was one problem," said Justin in a presentation before the School Committee Dec. 10. "Mrs. Barko beat me to it."
In addition to already having new nets, the playground was freshly mulched, there were more than enough recess balls to go around and classrooms were stocked with board games for inside recess.
Justin was almost out of ideas of ways the school could spend the money when he remembered his friend Matthew, who loves dinosaurs so much that he has read every single dinosaur book in the school's media center.
That's when Justin and Principal Amy Clouter decided that a donation of dinosaur books was exactly what the school needed.
"As a school we are working together to improve our reading," Justin said.
School Committee members commended Justin for his hard work and charitable eff orts, saying he was a great example to students everywhere who may be looking for ways to make a difference in their own schools.
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