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Students raise money for Spokane Guild School

Spokane Guild School's Penny Drive...

SPOKANE, Wash. - The Spokane Guild School is hosting their Annual Penny Drive on Saturday to collect donations for a good cause.

Since the 1960's, the Spokane Guild School has provided desperately needed services to families with children who have special needs.

They provide full-time, year-round, and quality care for children with anything from speech impediments to severe brain damage.

And it's free for the families who need it.

That's why Saturday is so important.

The Annual Guild School Penny Drive is happening all over town.

Volunteers will be out collecting your donations.

The Spokane Guild School is able to provide the services they do to families free of charge because of your donations.

The kids at Freeman High School just kicked off their own Penny Drive for the Guild School, and they invited Kingston, who attends the Guild School, to be their guest of honor at the big assembly.

Kingston was born with Trisomy, a form of Down Syndrome that makes everyday things like eating, walking, and talking, pretty difficult.

But thanks to the Guild School, Kingston and his family are doing just fine.

“You don't realize how big of a support the Guild School is for a community until you are in it,” said Jenna Alfrey, Kingston's mom. “Or if you know somebody who is using their services.'

Services that are only available thanks to donations raised by these teens.

“It definitely is cool seeing all the families we help out,” said student Tana Waddell.

On the other side of town, at Lidgerwood Elementary, Virginia Gould's third grade class got an ice cream party for their hard work raising over $300 for the Guild School.

The students have been doing extra chores, and anything they can to raise money.

These kids understand why the Guild School is so important.

Their teacher Virginia gave them a mission and a motto: “that the winners aren't us and every penny counts.” Virginia couldn't be more proud of her kids.

“A big part of who I am as a teacher is teaching kids to care about other people in our community.”

The Penny Drive is happening on Saturday all over Spokane.

Volunteers will be hoping to collect your donations from 8:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m.