Knoxville 5th graders work to raise thousands for DC trip

Knoxville 5th graders work to raise thousands for DC trip

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A group of fifth graders are working to help pay for their classmates to go on a school trip to Washington, D.C. They're all part of the safety patrol at Adrian Burnett Elementary in Knoxville. A group of fifth graders are working to help pay for their classmates to go on a school trip to Washington, D.C. They're all part of the safety patrol at Adrian Burnett Elementary in Knoxville.
The students are trying to raise nearly $20,000 so parents don't have to pay the $440 trip fee. The students are trying to raise nearly $20,000 so parents don't have to pay the $440 trip fee.
"I almost started crying when he said it because most 11-year-olds would not even think about other people, and he did. So I was just like OK we'll try it," Angela said. "I almost started crying when he said it because most 11-year-olds would not even think about other people, and he did. So I was just like OK we'll try it," Angela said.

By KAYLA STRAYER
6 News Reporter

KNOXVILLE (WATE) - A group of fifth graders are working to help pay for their classmates to go on a school trip to Washington, D.C. They're all part of the safety patrol at Adrian Burnett Elementary in Knoxville.

The students are trying to raise nearly $20,000 so parents don't have to pay the $440 trip fee. They're having several fundraising events, including a craft show this weekend at the Lion's Club in Fountain City.

11-year-old Jordan Bishop came up with the idea to help his classmates. He made jewelry to sell at the craft show, and plans to give all of his profits away. His goal is to raise enough money to pay for about 40 students to go on the trip.

"It's worth it because I think we're definitely going to get it," Jordan said.

"It's a really good cause because some people can't afford to go. They really want to go, and this is how they can," said classmate Grayson Buchanan.

Jordan's mom, Angela Bishop, says the idea came to him earlier this year when he decided to run for student council.

"I almost started crying when he said it because most 11-year-olds would not even think about other people, and he did. So I was just like OK we'll try it," Angela said.

Since then, Jordan presented his plan to the school, and parents formed a committee to help.

"I want his dream to be reality, so I'm going to do everything I can no matter how much work it is," Angela said.

She says it's not about the money, it's about what the students are learning.

"They've brought them all together to get to know each other and work together, and it's taught the kids the kids to work for what they need, or work for what they want, not to just have it handed to them," Angela said.

So far, they've already raised about $5,000. The craft show will be from 9 a.m. to 8 p.m. Friday, and 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday. They'll be selling candy bars and having more craft shows until the deadline on March 25th. The trip is scheduled for the last weekend in May.

For information on how to donate, contact Angela Bishop at (865) 566-2003 or angela72bis@yahoo.com.

 

 

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