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10-year-old student looks to collect supplies to help Florida schools

In the midst of debate and disagreement among school board members Monday, one student stood out at the Bangor Area School Board work session on Monday.

Ten-year-old Kennady Roberts spoke in front of the school board to present her idea to collect school supplies to help those suffering from Hurricane Irma in Florida. She said she hopes to collect enough supplies to help fill a truck that will be heading south on Friday.

The DeFranco Elementary School student also took part in donating items to the victims of Hurricane Harvey.

“She kept saying (her donations) weren’t enough,” said Danielle Klaver, a friend of Kennady’s mother.

Klaver said she told Kennady how all the small donations will add up, but Kennady still wanted to support the project and those impacted by staying and packing up items all night in a truck headed down to Texas. She even wanted to skip school to help, Klaver said.

The truck that drove from Pennsylvania to Texas, and the organization of donations was the idea of Klaver’s friend, Nick Russo, at Reagle Dodge in Pen Argyl. From there, everything took off.

Klaver was one of the people who drove to Texas to hand out supplies and donations. They weren’t even done with helping those in Texas, when Klaver received a call from her friend in Florida regarding how schools are being used as shelters.

She immediately thought of Kennady.

“I just really want to help people in need,” Kennady said. “I really want to do it because it makes somebody feel good.”

The fifth grader is ready to collect school supplies for a truck to go down this Friday. But the school board must approve it first.

Superintendent William Haws said he and Klaver will sit down Tuesday and handle logistics, as it usually takes more time to get proposals approved. But with this important circumstance, Klaver and Kennady said they are hoping this will be an exception.


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