CPS Students raise money for tornado relief

A Chicago Public Schools teacher, who is from Washington, Illinois, says she’s amazed by the generosity of her students and their families.

Leah Putnam shared pictures of the devastation with her fifth grade students at Jordan Elementary Community School in Rogers Park.

She says 97% of the school’s students live at the “low income” level.

The students were so overwhelmed by the devestation, they decided to hold a fundraiser.

They made a collection jar for each classroom to for quarters and dollars and called it “Washingtons for Washington.”

The students collected $3039.11 for students in Washington whose families have lost their homes.

Ms. Putnam said her students “taught me that sometimes the people who have the least, give the most.”

1 Comment

  • john doe

    Why don't they raise money to help themselves and their broken CPS school system? Most of near or way below poverty level and they need to take care of themselves. Maybe raise money for school supplies or food for lunchtime. Yes, the downstate tornadoes were devastating and many people left homeless BUT they will rebuild and recover as they have insurance and are getting federal and private assistance.

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