Emma Kitchel, 9, has been concerned with the safety of schoolchildren ever since the May 20 tornado.
“I started this thing at school to get water bottles and put dimes in them for cancer,” she said last week. “Now the dimes are for school safe rooms.”
Fueled by the promise of a pizza party, Moore elementary students at Sky Ranch, Wayland Bonds, and Southgate-Rippetoe competed to fill as many water bottles with dimes as they could.
Sky Ranch, where Emma will be a fourth-grader this fall, won. Altogether, the schools raised more than $2,500.
Alongside raising money through the dimes project, Emma makes sugar scrubs, a mixture of liquid soap and sugar used as a skin softener.
Learning about sugar scrubs at school around Mother’s Day, she started whipping up $2 jars and $4 Tupperware containers, with the proceeds going to the homeless and to the Jesus House. But after the tornado, she directed her donations to victims.
Going door to door in her grandmother’s neighborhood, she collected $44. Emma spent the money on food, giving it out at St. Andrew’s United Methodist Church in Oklahoma City, where her grandmother, Margaret Robertson, worships.
KYLE SCHWAB, STAFF WRITER