Ashmore Students want to support school with #HelpOurDistrict

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ASHMORE – Ashmore Elementary School (AES) officials say students want to show lawmakers and school district leaders that they love their school and want to help the district.

Eva Ritchey, whose children attend AES, started the event #HelpOurDistrict after having a conversation with children about the possibility of their school closing. Ritchey’s children said they wanted to have a lemonade stand to raise money and prevent their school from closing.

Ritchey figured the lemonade stand would not be enough to help the district, but she wanted to find a way to incorporate her children into being part of the solution. She then messaged a group of people online and planned the event within a day.

AES students will be making poster during the week of February 22 and placing green ribbons around town to raise aware of the financial issues affecting the school district. The Ashmore PTO and the community is coming together to give the kids an opportunity to showcase their love for the district and the school.

On Friday, February 26, students will be selling hot chocolate, bottled water and homemade baked goods from 12:30 – 3 PM at Cross Auto Sales, right on Route 16 in Ashmore. They are doing this to make Springfield aware that students are willing to raise money to help their teachers.

Students will also appear at the next board meeting on March 9 to present the money raised to the district.

Ritchey says closing AES would affect nearly 100 students at the school, as well as their teachers, paraprofessionals, support staff and administrative staff.

Teachers, parents and community members recently gave a presentation at the last board meeting to demonstrate how Ashmore’s closing would impact the school community, as well as the district.

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