Deseret News Article Jordan Ridge Bake Sale

Pupils raise funds for orphanage.

By Tammy Walquist
Deseret Morning News
      The Jordan Ridge Elementary School student council had a goal: to raise $2,000 for Green Eyes in Africa, a nonprofit organization that funds New Hope Orphanage in Africa.
Pupils react after Tina Rothe, left, tells them they topped their goal of $2,000 for an African orphanage. (Kevin Lee, for the Deseret Morning News)
Kevin Lee, for the Deseret Morning News
Pupils react after Tina Rothe, left, tells them they topped their goal of $2,000 for an African orphanage.
      After holding a bake sale March 20 consisting entirely of donated goods, the council was pleased to discover they had actually raised almost $2,500.
     
"We're very excited. It was an amazing evening with lots of little miracles," said Tina Rothe, one of the student council advisers.
      Last year the student council raised $1,500 for Hurricane Katrina victims, and they wanted to repeat the experience this year. Green Eyes co-founder Ryan Hansen made a documentary about the plight of the African orphans New Hope serves, and after watching the DVD, council members knew Green Eyes in Africa was the organization they wanted to donate to.
      The nonprofit was founded in 2005 by Sandy natives Ryan and Patrick Hansen to provide a safe environment and better living conditions for abused orphans.
      "They saw a culture so different and little kids so different," said Tina Rothe, student council adviser. "They've been so passionate about it, especially since they're kids themselves."
      The 22 members of the Jordan Ridge student council were asked to approach at least three area businesses to ask if they would be willing to donate goods for the sale.
      "It's scary to kids to talk to these people. It's a huge learning experience," Rothe said. "This is something they'll never forget, the skills they're learning. We practiced how to talk to adults and present themselves (and) looking eye-to-eye with adults."
      The response was phenomenal, said Aubrey Vance, the other student council adviser. One of the school cooks was still working at 2 a.m. the day of the sale to finish making cookies.
      Morgan Judd, 12, was shocked when she went to pick up the baked goods. She thought it would only be a small amount, and it turned out to be much more than she was expecting.
Ashlyn Jacobs, left, looks at cookies sold by DeMarie Drake, during Jordan Ridge Elementary's Green Eyes in Africa bake sale. (Kevin Lee, for the Deseret Morning News)
Kevin Lee, for the Deseret Morning News
Ashlyn Jacobs, left, looks at cookies sold by DeMarie Drake, during Jordan Ridge Elementary's Green Eyes in Africa bake sale.
      "It's so cool how many businesses were willing to donate," Alyson Ludlow, 11, said. "Not all of (them) were able to help because they were not doing well, but most companies helped."
      Fellow council member Courtney Baggett, 11, agreed.
      "I was surprised at how much we got so we didn't pay out of our pockets," she said.
      Students on the council liked supporting Green Eyes. Emily Rich, 12, said the success of last year's bake sale inspired her so she wanted to be on the council this year.
      "It's great to help someone else who is less fortunate than us," Alyson said.
      "I hope all the money we raise benefits (the orphans) so they can get what they need," said Lindsay Westra, 12.
      Rothe said it's been neat to see how much participating in the fund-raiser has changed the students.
      "The council kids learned skills from (asking) people to donate to how to set up tables and became so passionate about (Green Eyes)," she said. "It's not an assignment they'll only think about once. They have been living this project night and day.... It's gone to their heart."
      For more information about Green Eyes in Africa, visit www.greeneyesinafrica.org.

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