• Sara Doan, Northeast Arkansas News

Nettleton STEAM students donate to local non-profit

JONESBORO, Ark- Christmas came early today for one local non-profit, thanks to school children.

Students at Nettleton STEAM School presented Together We Foster a check for $608 this afternoon.

The students spent last month in a competition raising money for charity as one teacher participated in the No-Shave November challenge.

The purpose of the challenge is to bring awareness to men's health issues like prostate cancer.

Once it came down to selecting the charity, they picked Together We Foster, a foster care resource non-profit.

Executive director of Together We Foster Lindsay Roberts says the money will provide items to children as they enter the foster care system.

“We have one [support closet] in Paragould and [one in] Craighead County, so we will use the money y’all raised to probably buy deodorant, shampoo, body wash, and things like that,” said Roberts.

And the students say they were excited to give back.

“Yes, we were very excited to give back to the community and support Jonesboro and northeast Arkansas. Everybody had a choice, but in the end, it came to foster care,” students Molly Thorton and Cole King said.

Roberts says the gift could not have come at a better time, as they've had a dip in hygiene product donations.

Students were able to shave one teacher's head as the competition ended after meeting their fundraising goal.


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