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Student makes special donation

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  • | 4:00 a.m. May 12, 2011
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When Fruitville Elementary first-grader Kai Sutter purchased a $25 raffle ticket at a recent fundraiser, he promised his mother, Jan, that if he won the $10,000 prize, he would give half of the money to charity.

Kai did win the raffle and kept his word — he donated $4,000, more than half of his winnings after taxes, to Heifer International. He learned about the organization, which gives families a source of food rather than short-term relief, through his school’s SPARK team of gifted classes. The team worked on a project all year in which they gave of themselves through their allowance, chore money and tooth-fairy money, without asking their parents to donate. Up until Kai’s donation, his class had raised $60, and the five-class team had raised approximately $400.


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