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Roosevelt Ele. students raise money for fellow students in Japan

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YAKIMA, Wash. - Students at Roosevelt Elementary are raising money for victims of the Japan tsunami and earthquake with an art contest running and auction later this month.

"We wanted to do this because we wanted to help our friends in Japan," Renelle Christienson, a 3rd grader at Roosevelt. "Because they are having a hard time."

Lily Vale Primary School in Ibaragi, Japan will be the primary recipient of donations. A teacher at that school is friends with one of the families whose student attends Roosevelt. Lily Vale was damaged by the natural disaster but funds will also go to help students at other schools in Japan.

Students from all grades can enter their artwork for $1 that will be reviewed for the auction. The money raised from that event will also go to help the school. Students will also have the chance to win prizes for selected entries from each grade. Some entries have come from other districts including students in Zillah.

Proceeds will also come from bracelets sold in conjunction with the contest and private donations given by the Roosevelt community.

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