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Students at Westview Elementary hold bake sale to benefit peer

Published Tuesday, October 30, 2018

You don't have to look hard to find teachings and examples of kindness at Westview Elementary School in Goose Creek.

From motivational messages painted in murals found in hallways to postings on classroom bulletin boards, the importance of being kind is visible in every direction.

It's also visible daily in the work and interactions of students on the campus -- with perhaps one of the greatest examples ever seen in a recent student-planned bake sale.

Teachers and administrators say 4th grade students were shaken when they learned one of their peers lost a home to a fire. Children in the classes of Ms. Katharine Blatchford and Mrs. Mindy Smith felt like they needed to help their fellow student.

"This was a time when they actually saw how their kindness can change someone's life," Ms. Blatchford said.

Fourth-grader Avery Skipper suggested the two classes hold a bake sale. From there, the idea became a living and breathing student-led initiative with kids designing posters, writing messages to go home with parents and creating price points for baked goods. The students decided the bake sale would be held on the night of the book fair.

"I wanted to show that something small could raise a lot of money," Avery said.

Students raised about $800 after filling tables with cookies, muffins, pies, cakes and brownies.

"The whole entire back table was filled up," said 4th-grader Luke Russell. "That just made me really happy. I was like, 'we're gonna make it...'"

Ms. Blatchford said the work from the two classes on the bake sale shows they are "world changers."

"This is just the beginning, I think, for these kids," she said.


Brian Troutman