Virginia Beach elementary students raise nearly $1,500 for Operation Smile

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VIRGINIA BEACH, Va. – Over a dozen students from Hermitage Elementary School took action to raise money for Operation Smile, an international medical charity.

Operation Smile provides thousands of free surgeries for children and young adults in developing countries who are born with facial deformities.

Students came up with several creative ways to raise money for the kids. One student wrote and sold a book, another hand made necklaces out of oyster shells and sold them at a cafe.

“This is part of a service project called Summer of Smiles. The students raised the funds during summer vacation,” said Holly Coggin, Principal at Hermitage Elementary School. “I want our students to be aware that they can make a difference. No child is too young to help others.”

The students raised nearly $1,500, which will help six children receive a free surgery to repair a facial deformity.

“This is amazing. We are so proud and honored that these young students decided to give their time and energy toward a fundraising project that will help others around the world,” said Jennifer Krzewinski, Associate Vice President of Student Programs for Operation Smile.

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