Pupil proves one person can make a difference Fifth-grader raises money for charity CENTRAL -- Union Mills * Westminister * Sandymount * Finksburg


The only fund-raising Sean Davis did before last month was to sell candy for his soccer league through the Sandymount Recreation Council.

And then, his father did most of the work by hitting up co-workers, said the fifth-grader.

But during February, Sean organized a one-man fund drive for the Salvation Army, and managed to get his fellow students at Sandymount Elementary School to give up their ice cream and fruit-roll money a few days a week.

Sean raised $130.80. It surprised him.

"Really, I didn't think it would go past $50," he said.

His motivation was to help homeless people, he said.

"I set up cans all over school and put up posters," Sean said. To get the empty coffee cans he used, he put a notice in the daily teacher newsletter. Teachers brought in about 20 cans, though he needed only seven.

He put one can out per grade, except for kindergarten, and one each near the cafeteria and office. The cafeteria can became the depository for what Sean guesses would have otherwise gone toward the ice cream and fruit rolls that sell for 45 cents each.

Of all the grades, the fourth grade probably collected the most money, Sean said, but he didn't keep track.

Students didn't say much to him about the fund drive. But they put their coins in the cans -- except for one fourth-grade boy, Sean said, who preferred to hand him a donation personally for fear other students would see it and tease him.

"He just gave it to me -- a whole bag of pennies," Sean said.

Sean plans a second round in May, again for the Salvation Army.

Sean, 10, is the son of John and Dee Davis of Old Gamber Road in Finksburg. His goals include attending Loyola University in Baltimore, he said, because it is a good school for soccer.

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