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Sunrise Elementary Donates 8,000 Items to Amberly’s Place


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  • Christine McCoy   |   Yuma School District One

Sunrise Elementary Food Drive

Sunrise Elementary School students presented Amberly’s Place with more than 8,000 non-perishable food items during National Child Abuse Prevention Month. This donation will greatly assist Amberly’s Place in providing food to families in need. In addition, it brings awareness to child abuse prevention.


During the month of March, Student Council/team members launched a canned food drive at Sunrise Elementary School. It encouraged fellow students to donate non-perishable goods. Their goal was to organize a school-wide fundraiser and donate to a very worthy cause; they immediately chose Amberly’s Place.


By Thursday, March 25th, Sunrise students had already brought in over 4,000 items. Teacher and Student Council Advisor, Megan Knueppel, was already extremely proud of the participation at that time. Then, on the last day of collection, students donated an additional 4,000 items, bringing the grand total to more than 8,000 non-perishable items. The classroom that donated the largest amount was Bethaney Edward’s 4th-grade class, donating 1,500 items. “We are so proud that it is for such a worthy cause,” Knueppel said.


Diane Umphress, Executive Director of Amberly’s Place, and Maria Vasquez, Children’s Justice Project Coordinator, visited Sunrise Elementary School to show their appreciation for the donation. They met with Student Council/iTeam students and Mrs. Edward’s class to thank them for their support and share how valuable this donation is to local children and families. “This has been a hard time for many people and to know someone cares means the world to them,” stated Diane Umpress.