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CONTRIBUTED PHOTO Mya Kelly and her fellow fifth graders pose with their donation collected to help survivors of Typhoon Hayain. The storm tore through the Philippines earlier this year. CONTRIBUTED PHOTO Mya Kelly and her fellow fifth graders pose with their donation collected to help survivors of Typhoon Hayain. The storm tore through the Philippines earlier this year.

Hillside students give to help typhoon survivors

Wednesday, December 18, 2013 by CONTRIBUTED ARTICLE in Local News

Inspired by an aunt, a fifth grade student and her classmates raise money for those in the Philippines.

Within a week after the most powerful typhoon in recorded history in the Philippines, student Mya Kelly and others in her fifth grade class at The Hillside School, 2697 Brookside Road, Macungie, moved into action to raise money for their peers in the Philippines.

The students were led by their teacher, Eileen Hanosek, and presented a PowerPoint presentation to their fellow students, faculty and staff asking for help.

Mya Kelly knew firsthand of the devastation in her Aunt Mae's hometown of Cebu.

"Aunty Mae was really upset about Typhoon Hayain," Kelly said. "Her relatives were okay, but she saw that many people had lost everything. She was collecting clothing and medicine to send to the Philippines. She was crying after the devastation on TV"

With the help of The Verizon Foundation matching donations collected, Kelly and her classmates were able to raise $947.70 which included the matching gift from Verizon to give back to Philippines Relief Fund – Save the Children.