Community Tag Sale held at Union Town Hall will benefit students

By Lisa Stone - ReminderNews
Union - posted Wed., Oct. 30, 2013
Mike Galotto and Stefanie Jellen sell handmade scarves to raise money for the eighth-graders at Union School. Photos by Lisa Stone.
Mike Galotto and Stefanie Jellen sell handmade scarves to raise money for the eighth-graders at Union School. Photos by Lisa Stone.

Proceeds raised by the Community Tag Sale held Oct. 19 at Union Town Hall will benefit the Union School’s eighth-grade class trip to Washington, D.C.

The six students currently in eighth grade at the school all wish to make the trip. The cost of the trip is approximately $800 per student. “The students have been working very hard to earn the money for their trip,” said eighth-grade home room teacher Paul Rae. “They have been recycling bottles and cans that are donated in a designated area at the transfer station here in Union. This is an ongoing project and the kids are involved as much as they can be.” Rae is going on the trip as a chaperone along with another teacher, Mike Huda, and a parent. “The students are really excited about the trip. It is nice to see so many people here today to support them,” Rae said.

Students Harrison Cowher and Connor Huda helped out at the tag sale. “I can’t wait to go to Washington,” said Cowher. “I know it will be a blast.”

“We have already established that Mr. Rae and I are going, but we need a parent to step forward and go on the trip as well,” said Huda, the eighth-grade class advisor. “It should be a great time. The students are really trying their best to come up with enough money for their trip. I am really proud of them.”

Stefanie Jellen and Mike Galotto sold homemade scarves. Jellen said, “It has been steady with customers all day. I am so happy to be helping the eighth grade go to Washington, D.C. I remember when I went on my class trip. Those are memories the students will never forget.”

The students’ fundraisers so far have included school dances, bake sales, after-school movies, refreshment sales at Old Home Day on the Town Green, magazines and candy bar sales, and a special promotion in which they received 10 percent of daily profits from Sweet Frog in Tolland.

Ethan Cowher is helping his brother, Harrison, to be able to go to Washingtonby means of selling his own items and donating the money to the class. “I have been to D.C. before,” said Ethan. “I know how great it is, and I just want my brother to be able to see it all with his friends. I really love the Smithsonian Institute, the Spy Museum and especially the zoo. I am so happy for my brother that he will get to see some of that.”

Barbara Dunn and John Roberson donated items to the sale after downsizing. “We are recently retired and ready to travel the world,” said Roberson. “We are getting rid of a bunch of stuff that we don’t need any more. I know that if someone asked me to take a very low price for something, I would take it just so that I don’t have to bring it home, and whatever we make goes directly to the kids. You can’t ask for a better cause.”

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