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Kindergarten spearheads fundraising for victims of Boston Marathon bombings


An Anamosa teacher, Jen Petersen, ran the Boston Marathon last month for the third time.

She crossed the finish line 15-minutes before the bombs went off.

When she came back to her classroom at Strawberry Hill Elementary School, a kindergarten student, Victor James Frana, wanted to donate pennies from his piggy bank to people who were hurt from the bombings at the Boston Marathon.

"Victor was the one who thought of it," she said of 6-year old Victor James Frana.

Petersen said the school embraced Victor's idea and created the "Bucks for Boston" campaign.

The school hopes to raise $1,000 for victims, and it hopes students remember how much they can make a difference.

"Remember the importance of caring, and remember the importance of the golden rule which is to treat others like you want to be treated," said Petersen.

Strawberry Hill Elementary will collect donations until the last day of school which is June 7th.

Donations can be made by checks to "Strawberry Hill Elementary," with "One Fund Boston" in the memo line.

Additionally, a family fun day is planned for Saturday, May 18th at the school where T-shirts will be available. All proceeds will go to the "Bucks for Boston" campaign.

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