Many of the students at Van Buren Elementary have personal memories of the Bridgeton Covered Bridge, so it seemed only natural for them to want to do something to help rebuild it.
"They all know of the Bridgeton bridge, many of them have been there many times," third-grade teacher Kathryn Butt said. "So they wanted to help."
Organizing a bake sale, the third-grade students helped raise more than $140 for the BCBA Bridgeton Bridge Rebuilding Activities fund by selling goodies to their classmates and staff members. Third-grade teacher Jaime Bailey said that many parents also donated cash to the student's fundraiser.
When notified by the bank of the students' donation, Clay County Fundraising Team Coordinator Robert Jones wanted to reward them for their efforts.
"It's a little something to say 'thank you' for their part in helping to restore history and create a future history for themselves," Jones said after passing out the pins, which showed the 137-year-old historic covered bridge in happier times, and answer their questions about the rebuilding project."They really asked great questions and were very interested in what is happening."
Upon leaving VBE, Jones also delivered pins to the fourth-graders at Staunton Elementary, who also recently held a fundraiser for the rebuilding effort.