Students gather to help the needy


North Zulch Elementary School students gathered last week to contribute to those less fortunate – and get a red nose for their efforts.

The district participated in Red Nose Day, a national cause to fight poverty.

Special Education Aides Ashley Crocker and Lindsey Gafford helped collect non-perishable items, which will be transported to Son-Shine Center in Madisonville.

“We wanted to keep it local,” Gafford said. “The kids have been really excited about helping out others.”

Elementary School Principal Frances Williams came up with the idea, and students in pre-K through sixth grade participated by donating cans and money, and proudly wearing their foam red noses.

According to the official Red Nose Day website, the program is “on a mission to help kids who need us most.”

The fundraiser has garnered more than $1 billion globally over 25 years. Half of the funds raised will be spent in the U.S., while the rest is distributed in poor communities in Latin America, Asia, and Africa.

“All money raised supports projects that ensure kids are safe, healthy, and educated,” the website states.