Fundraiser nets profits, smiles
The success of a Lansing Middle School fundraiser this fall has put smiles on faces in Lansing, and it also will help spread smiles across the world.
LMS students sold $26,000 worth of candles, wrapping paper, candy and other gift-related items during the school's annual fall fundraiser.
The school will keep a whopping $13,000 from its sales of Kathryn Beich products.
But the success of the fundraiser spans Lansing.
LMS vice principal Brooks Jenkins said that for every two items LMS students sold, Kathryn Beich Inc. would make a donation to The Smile Train, a nonprofit organization that provides free surgery for children with cleft lips and palates.
Students who sold at least two items received The Smile Train tag, which shows their efforts helped a child have an opportunity to smile.
More than 500 children in developing countries have benefited from surgeries through Kathryn Beich donations since 2004, according to the company's Web site.
Jenkins said LMS students did an "outstanding job" on the project, which yielded the highest amount in sales since Jenkins became vice principal in 2003.
He said a majority of the profits would fund grade-level field trips. Typically, those include a sixth-grade ski trip to Weston, Mo., a seventh-grade bowling outing and an eighth-grade excursion to Worlds of Fun.
The remaining funds will pay for classroom items.