Creativity of Hermitage Elementary students raises money for Operation Smile

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Hermitage Elementary School students presented a check to Operation Smile Tuesday morning. (Courtesy of Operation Smile)

Hermitage Elementary School students presented a check to Operation Smile Tuesday morning. (Courtesy of Operation Smile)

The creativity of more than a dozen Hermitage Elementary School students helped raise nearly $1,500 for Operation Smile, an international charity that provides financial help for children in developing countries born with facial deformities.

During summer vacation, students found different ways to raise money, including walking dogs, picking up trash, writing and selling a book and selling necklaces out of oyster shells.

Henry Donis, 7, made and sold necklaces out of oyster shells. (Courtesy of Operation Smile)

Henry Donis, 7, made and sold necklaces out of oyster shells. (Courtesy of Operation Smile)

“I want our students to be aware that they can make a difference,” principal Holly Coggin said. “No child is too young to help others.”

The money the students raised helped six children receive a free facial surgery.

“We are so proud and honored that these young students decided to give their time and energy toward a fundraising project that will help others around the world,” associate vice president of Operation Smile Student Programs Jennifer Krzewinski said.

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Creativity of Hermitage Elementary students raises money for Operation Smile