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It all started with a broken car, a family, and a dog. On a recent family trip, Jamie and Sophia Yates’ family saw another family and their dog broken down on the side of the road. After helping them to the Little America outside of Green River, Jamie learned how the family needed more help. Remembering the $6 she had gotten for her birthday was in a suitcase in the trunk, she rushed to give the family assistance. The family initially refused to take Jamie’s birthday money, but her sister Sophia explained that once Jamie decided to help someone, she couldn’t be persuaded otherwise. The other family left with $6; Jamie and Sophia left with an idea on how to help other families in need in their community.
Enter the rubber bands. Jamie age 9 and Sophia age 7, both students at Manor Heights Elementary, had a simple idea: make rubber band bracelets, sell them, and donate the money to a cause in their community. Together they made over 100 bracelets to sell. Their younger brother Phineas age 4 helped by keeping them happy, laughing, and motivated. They then sold their bracelets at their mother’s work and at the Thursday Night Rock the Block events. Their efforts netted them $250.
Armed with their $250, the girls went shopping. They got folders, scissors, plastic supply boxes, Kleenex, and everything else a kid might need when they head back to school this fall. On Wednesday, August 5th, they dropped all the supplies off at the Stuff the Bus, school supply donation box at NCSD’s Central Services building. They donated so many supplies that it overflowed the box and staff had to move it to a larger storage area.
Two girls under the age of 10 and their generosity will help NCSD, The Salvation Army, and the Casper Area Education Foundation outfit more than 500 students with school supplies this fall. If you would like to follow in Jamie and Sophia’s footsteps, find out how you can help by visit www.NatronaSchools.org or by calling 307.253.5394.