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Random Lake Middle School Student Council Raises Funds for Ukraine


RANDOM LAKE, Wis. (CBS 58) — Students at Random Lake Middle School got a big lesson in helping others this year. The student council organized a walkathon to raise money for children fleeing war in Ukraine. They surprised themselves at the success.

“Molly, hurry up! Molly”, a group of girls from the student council walking around the school track call their friend.

The last week of school is a good time to reflect on the year’s accomplishments, and the Random Lake Middle School Student Council has much to be proud of. When asked what their favorite event of the year was, they quickly respond in unison.

“Walking, definitely walking! Yeah,” they said, standing on the track where the march took place in April.

That day, they put their whole school on the track, and many other people also joined them.

“Oh, there was the whole middle school there. We had elementary school students. We even brought in high school classes just to walk,” 7 said.e Reed Traas grader.

Sarah Mitchell remembered the weather.

“It was cold. It was really cold, it was about 40 degrees,” she said.

But freezing temperatures didn’t stop them from achieving their goal.

“I walked about 15 miles that day,” Traas said. “Oh, my legs were really dead after that.”

Each step raised funds to help children affected by war in Ukraine. The community of Random Lake has been strongly mobilized.

“We ended up raising $17,005.37,” 7e said grader Lena Schoenefeld proudly.

So how did a group of college kids from Random Lake, Wisconsin get the idea to help other kids halfway around the world?

“It was really important for all of us because we saw how much destruction there was,” Schoenefeld said.

“Being in 7th grade, kids are very aware of what’s going on in the world,” teacher Laurie Biermann said of her insightful students.

Seeing the images from Ukraine inspired the students to organize the march.

“We started calling the companies and we started getting money, and then we gave pledge forms to other students,” Schoenefeld said.

Traas said cold calling companies weren’t easy at first, but they got the hang of it.

“At the beginning of this year, I wouldn’t have called anyone on the phone to ask for money, but now I will when I want,” he said with a smile.

They all agreed that Mitchell showed them how it was done.

“She was our best caller. She could charm anyone,” Schoenefeld said.

Biermann never doubted that his students could succeed.

“If you give them good things to do, they’ll shine,” she said.

Biermann teaches 7e and 8e degree in social studies and sciences. She is also a student council adviser.

“I always try to teach kids that to be a good leader you have to first learn to be a servant, and I really wanted them to understand the power they could have,” she said. Explain.

This is a lesson that is taught year-round in school. The kids organized penny wars to raise money for an injured classmate. They have held food drives, painted rocks for veterans and many other projects.

“The feeling of helping others helps yourself,” said 10e Raegan Laumann grader.

It’s a Random Lake tradition, and a certain Laumann carried it on in high school. When she was a college student, she volunteered to work with seniors in Gables on the Pond, and now she works there.

“Helping these people is just an amazing feeling and it’s something I will take with me for the rest of my life,” Laumann said.

As for the $17,000 they collected for Ukraine, they are distributed to women and children by a convent in Poland. The students received a video message with a sign reading: “We Love Random Lake”.

“It was a whole new thing for me because they know what we’ve done, they know who we are. And we’re just helping them keep going,” Schoenefeld said.

It’s a life lesson you can’t find in a textbook.

“I think it empowers them. I think they see the good they can do. It’s just infectious,” Biermann said.




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