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Longfellow Elementary students raise thousands for homeless classmates

Students at Longfellow Elementary raised over $3,000 to help students who may be homeless this holiday season.

FARGO — Students at Longfellow Elementary are already getting into the holiday spirit.

On Tuesday, Nov. 23, students presented a check for $3,650, as well as over 100 gift cards to Hornbacher's and Wal-Mart, to Fargo Public Schools employee Jan Anderson.

"When I saw this amount, it about floored me, because I never expected anything like this," said Anderson, the Title I Coordinator and Homeless Liaison for Fargo Public Schools.

It was all part of the "Hungry for Change" initiative that supports students who may be homeless, as well as unaccompanied youth.

"This will go a long ways in helping our families, and especially during the holidays when there isn't school and the kids aren't getting meals at school," Anderson said.

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From kindergarten through fifth grade, all grade levels participated in the fundraiser last week. The second graders raised the most money, totaling $891.62. The fifth grade class was next, with just over $700.

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