Reporter’s notebook: Bella Vista aids tsunami victims

CNJ staff

The students at Bella Vista Elementary school were discussing New Year’s resolutions three weeks ago, and one of them brought up the tsunami victims in Asia.

After doing some Internet research on what happened the students decided they needed to help.

“Right away they asked, ‘What can we do to help? We need to help them?’” said Regina Griego, a second-grade teacher at Bella Vista.

Children started bringing in change, and teachers planned a crazy hair day, a pajama day and a crazy hat day that students had to pay $.50 to participate in.

“Even the ones who didn’t participate gave money because it was for a good cause,” Griego said.

When Griego first heard about what the students wanted to do she told her husband, whose business is Bella Vista’s partner in education. He said the business would match what the students raised.

After the special day fundraisers last week and piggy-bank donations the students had raised $642.

“They couldn’t believe that we had raised that much money,” Griego said. “They’re just thrilled. They really are. They’re excited.”

With donations from Griego’s husband’s business and two other local businesses the school presented more than $1,300 to the Red Cross on Friday.

Reporter’s notebook was compiled by CNJ staff writer Tova Fruchtman. Suggested items may be mailed to editor David Stevens at P.O. Box 1689, Clovis 88102. The e-mail address is: