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UPMS Raises Money for Ukraine
Written by Ernie Quatrani, Correspondent

            The Upper Perkiomen Middle School community came together last Friday night to raise $3,400 for war-torn Ukraine through a student activity night that drew

Upper Perkiomen Middle School Students came together

Friday night to raise funds for Ukraine through a studen

activity night that included a dance.

334 participants who danced and played dodgeball, basketball, and video game competitions.

            "The amount of fellow students who purchased tickets and showed up to the activity night was truly amazing to see," said middle school student Rachel Zaw, one of the organizers.

            The idea for the fundraiser was generated by class discussions about the war in Ukraine, and while the middle school staff and parents contributed heavily to the evening's success, it was middle school students who took the lead in planning and running the fundraiser.

            "After Mr. (Phil) Detwiler talked to me after class about doing something to support Ukraine, I reached out to the teachers of the different groups I am in to see what could be done," said student Katie Proctor.

            One hundred percent of the proceeds, generated through admission fees, games,

Students line up to purchase snacks with 100 percent of

the proceeds going to World Central Kitchen to provide

food for the Ukraine population.

an iFLY (indoor skydiving) raffle, food sales, and poster and book raffles, went to World Central Kitchen, a worldwide organization that works to provide food for populations affected by humanitarian crises. Its website states that Chefs for Ukraine is nearing 300,000 daily meals for the war-torn population.       

            "This event exceeded my expectations, the amount of student involvement and money raised was truly tremendous," said Lauren Keebler, a math teacher at UPMS who, along with fellow teachers Kim Berrodin and Detwiler, advised the students.  

            A committee of six students and the National Junior Honors Society (NJHS), student council, LEOs Club, and Gaming Club worked for several weeks to make the event a reality.

In the gymnasium, students played games like Jail Ball

and basketball during the two-hour long event.

            "We had student volunteers from 6th to 8th grade that gave up their lunch daily to sell tickets, make posters and advertisements, bring in lights for the dance, bring a popcorn maker for refreshments, and so much more," said Keebler.

            A student also donated the iFLY tickets.

            Berrodin cited the efforts of several individuals including Proctor, Zaw, Skylar Keenan, Morgan O'Hara, Jenna Lagenback, Beatriz Santos and Larkin Gasda.

            By the time the event rolled around, the organizers had more volunteers than they needed.

            "These students are the reason we were able to have this event go so smoothly and raise so much money! I am so proud of them and honored that I had the chance to work with them," said Berrodin.

            The students, of course, had significant help from adults.

            "We also wouldn't have been able to run this event without our staff volunteers," Keebler wrote in an email. "We had to find a large number of staff to

Jason Marks, Ethan Phillips, and Mason Howard play a

Monopoly card game in one of the gaming rooms.  The 

Gaming Club, one of the event organizers, offered a 

variety of video, card, and board games.

chaperone this event and the staff at UPMS is truly amazing as they stepped up and wanted to donate their time to a great cause."

            The PTFS (Parents and Teachers for Students) donated the books and posters from its book fair for the raffle and many parents paid for the food and refreshments served at the event.

            "Parents were extremely generous in donating food and money for this event. This event would not have happened without their help. We are deeply appreciative for their support of this important cause," Detwiler said.

            The night also marked the first unlimited attendance event "where the student body could come and have some fun" since COVID hit a couple of years ago, noted Keebler.

            But it was the cause that mattered to the students.

            "I think the best part was how many people showed up to support Ukraine through this event," O'Hara noted, "and also counting how much money we raised to see how much we would be able to donate."






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