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Wescosville Elementary School Community Club T-shirt sale effort raises more than $500 to help eliminate school lunch debt

Students in the Wescosville Community Service Club have reason to celebrate.

The recent effort by the students to sell T-shirts featuring the likeness of beloved school dog Mario, the beagle, earned nearly $600 to benefit Kindness Is Magic.

Kindness Is Magic works to element school lunch debt and raise awareness of food insecurity of students throughout public schools in the Lehigh Valley.

In an email to The Press, Wescosville Elementary School Community Club adviser Marissa Quinn shared the total.

“Great news. I have a total. We raised $590,” Quinn wrote.

Melissa Fillman of Kindness Is Magic pointed to the club members as exemplars of her group’s mission.

“As a charity we have participated in many different types of fundraisers from making and selling Christmas ornaments out of upcycled books, cooking spaghetti dinners, painting parties and even shoe donation drives,” Fillman wrote in an email to The Press.

“But this was the first time we did a T-shirt sale and it was completely Wescosville’s adorable idea! I love hands-on projects in which the children are actively empowering and uplifting each other.”

Quinn’s daughter designed the T-shirt featuring Mario. Now in fifth grade, Quinn’s daughter is a former member of the club.

The club is open to 25 fourth grade students and meets after school twice a month.

Upcoming club projects include a Veterans Day assembly and a gift collection for the upcoming holiday season. A school day when students will have an opportunity to wear their Kindness Is Magic T-shirts is planned as well.

Sale of the shirts was open to all students and ended Sept. 12.

Fillman noted Kindness is Magic is staffed by volunteers, including herself.

“We give all the money raised or donated directly to the school district that the particular fundraiser is for,” Fillman continued.

In other words, the Wescosville club’s efforts will help those in the East Penn School District and perhaps a classmate, student or friend at Wescosville Elementary School.

“I would love to do it again next year,” Quinn said in a telephone interview Sept. 13.