Alisa’s classmates Annika Kyyashko, Walter Killey, and Daniela Tyrpak know how she feels. Each has at least one parent who was born in Ukraine. And they all have family and friends there. The four students wanted to help. But what could they do from thousands of miles away?
Last month, their principal, Anthony Babusci, came up with the idea for the fund-raiser. The students hoped to raise a few hundred dollars, but they pulled in more than $5,000.
“It went beyond our expectations,” says Annika. “It was really nice to see that.”
The money will go to UNICEF, a group sending food, medicine, and supplies to kids in Ukraine. While they are happy to help, Alisa and her classmates just want the war to end.
“My greatest hope is that the country will be restored,” Alisa says. “And that people can go back to their normal lives, with no more war.”