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First Grader Raises Money for Smile Train

Jake Mills is a first grade student in Ms. Mindy Jordan’s class at Camargo Elementary. Jake asked his mother, Karen Mills who is also a first grade teacher at Camargo, why the school couldn't try and raise money for kids with a cleft lip to help them pay for the surgery. He noticed how the school raises money for other causes and said Smile Train is important too. Smile Train is an international children’s charity that provides 100%-free cleft repair surgery and comprehensive cleft care to children in 85+ developing countries. His mother told him he could set up an appointment and talk with his principal, Mrs. Dennie. After meeting with Mrs. Dennie, Jake set up a proposal and rules for the fundraiser. He helped collect and count the money. Jake wanted to raise at least $250, enough money to cover the cost of one surgery. Over the short period for the fundraiser, Camargo ended up collecting $512.99, exceeding his goal!

Jake Mills raised money for Smile Train.

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