Solana Beach students sell Rainbow Loom bracelets to support Typhoon Haiyan relief efforts

By Kristina Houck

Solana Beach students used the latest craze for a good cause last week.

To help the victims of Typhoon Haiyan in the Philippines, Skyline Elementary School students sold Rainbow Loom bracelets during an after-school fundraiser Dec. 10.

“It’s really exciting when they have ownership,” said teacher Tiffany Farnsworth. Her third- and fourth-grade combination class organized the sale.

“They understand the need and they’re able to actually do something — in this case, by creating Rainbow Looms for others.”

More than 6,000 people were killed in the Nov. 8 super typhoon, and nearly 1,800 people are still missing.

Farnsworth’s class learned about the devastation while reading Time for Kids, a news magazine geared toward students in grades K-6. Farnsworth asked her students to come up with fundraising ideas during Thanksgiving break to support Typhoon Haiyan relief efforts. Students would share their ideas when they returned to school.

Passionate about Rainbow Loom like many of her peers, fourth grader Avery Lee thought she and her classmates could weave and sell the colorful rubber band bracelets.

“We actually wanted to do it,” Avery said. “We wanted to help them. What if it happened to us?”

Avery shared her idea with her mother, who helped her daughter contact her classmates during the holiday break. The children created bracelets, as well as rings, necklaces, charms and backpack chains.

“I was proud and impressed,” said Beth Lee, Avery’s mother. “They had global awareness and saw how they could help.”

As soon as the bell rang and school ended Dec. 10, students swarmed the table to donate to the effort. The one-day sale was so successful, Avery said she and her classmates plan to create even more bracelets and hold another fundraiser.

Funds raised will go to Project Concern International, a San Diego-based humanitarian organization. Avery’s father, Christopher Lee, works at PCI, which recently dispatched a humanitarian rapid response and assessment team to the Philippines.

Currently operating in 16 countries, PCI focuses on preventing disease, ensuring maternal and child health, improving food security and livelihoods, and providing humanitarian assistance.

“Kids can make a difference,” Farnsworth said. “If they work together, they can make an even bigger difference.”

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