Kiwanis K-Kids at Westwood Elementary School have raked in $2,360 in this year’s Peterson nut sale.
School board member Ayers Ratliff told Kiwanis members Nov. 14 that this year’s numbers at Westwood were the largest in the history of the fundraiser, with a portion of that going toward college scholarships for Wellington High School seniors.
A total of $9,463 was raised this year across the district, including 27 K-Kids sellers.
For the second consecutive year, Westwood second-grader Camryn Stump set the pace for her classmates, selling $497 worth of nuts. Mallory Reynolds and Dylan Caswell were next with $183 and $159 sold respectively.
Persistence and trips to bingo night with her grandmother have played a large part in successful selling the past two years, Stump said.
“It’s important to me to help others because it lets other people do all the stuff they want to do,” she said. “It’s also good for you to show you want to do good things. Helping makes me feel good.”
Caswell, a third-grader, said his experience with other fundraisers as a Boy Scout proved a good primer for the nut sale.
“We sell things all the time and we do it to help our community,” he said. “We’ve sold popcorn, beef jerky, and put the blue bags on people’s doors. That’s kind of the same as the nuts.”
In December, the K-Kids plan to ring the Salvation Army kettle bell in front of Village Market and carol in the downtown area. A food drive and $200 donation to aid Well-Help are also in the works.
New K-Kids president Finley Sasack said she looks forward to overseeing those initiatives.
“I like to help people and I want there to be more K-Kids,” the third-grader said. “I want our community to grow and find new ways to help. We do all these food drives and the caroling and a whole lot of fun stuff. We all like it very much.”
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