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Local students raise funds for children of the world

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Posted at 2:30 PM, Feb 03, 2020
and last updated 2020-02-03 17:34:17-05

Some high school students in Santa Maria are helping children of the world.

A club at Pioneer Valley High has raised $3,000 for the United Nations International Children’s Emergency Fund. UNICEF works in more than 190 countries and territories to reach the most disadvantaged children and teens.

“Every penny counts,’’ said Club President, Evelyn Letona Robles. “The value of the service we're putting into the club is too valuable to describe in words. The feeling you get knowing that your dedication and time is helping the life of someone your age or younger, struggling to survive the effects of poverty or war in another country, is very rewarding."

The club is made up of 29 students.

To raise funds, the group hosted Jamba Juice sales, Blaze Pizza nights, and a Trick-Or-Treat for UNICEF Fundraiser where small boxes were placed in several classrooms. In addition, students took the boxes with them during Trick-Or-Treating instead of asking for candy.

The club has submitted paperwork and should have the money donated in about a week.