Kids for Positive Change creating chain of love for Australia

Kids for Positive Change are selling paper chain links for $1 to raise money to help Australia recover from its recent wildfires. The students — from Erie Intermediate School in Ashtabula — also created the 9-foot-tall kangaroo in Sherrie Beebe’s art class.

ASHTABULA — Kids for Positive Change are making a chain of love from Ashtabula to Australia to help animals.

Kids for Positive Change came up with the idea of a fundraiser to help Australia after wildfires recently scorched the land. 

“Students aim to help Australia’s animals with this school and community fundraiser,” said Camille Licate, founder of Kids for Positive Change.

For a $1 donation, Erie Intermediate fifth- and sixth-grade students will receive a paper link. Students will write their names on the links and the links create the paper chain. Proceeds from the fundraiser will be donated to wildlife organizations in Australia focused on wildlife rescue and rebuilding natural forest habitats, Licate said.

Last Sunday, the students raised $665 by sharing their knowledge with shoppers at Giant Eagle in the Saybrook Plaza.

On Friday, students will be collecting donations from 5:30 to 8:30 p.m. at the Halcyon Speakeasy on Bridge Street.

Paige Grant, a sixth-grade student at Erie Intermediate, spearheaded the fundraiser with help from Licate and sixth-grade teacher, Jeff Baylor.

Kids for Positive Change also created original artwork and a 9-foot-tall kangaroo they named Joey, with the help of art teacher, Sherrie Beebe.

“This project is important because climate change is happening fast and we are trying to slow it down,” Grant said.

Sixth-grade student Serenity Rose said that by raising money they will be able to help rebuild the Australian forests and shoreline.

“This will cause natural habitats to flourish on their own, thus causing the re-emergence of fresh nutrients to the ground and less carbon dioxide being released into the already damaged atmosphere,” said Kaelyn Parish, also a sixth-grader student at Erie. 

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