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Several charities benefit from DLHS freshman fundraiser: Rummage and bake sale raises $1,000

Detroit Lakes High School's first-ever freshmen academy class planned and executed a rummage and bake sale fundraiser in December that raised more than $1,000 for local and national nonprofits. Donations were presented to the charities Jan. 18. Submitted photo

Detroit Lakes High School's Freshman Academy presented donations to several charities last Thursday, thanks to proceeds raised at a rummage and bake sale fundraiser the class held in mid-December.

The freshman class came up with the idea for the sale after watching the movie "Pay It Forward," which got them thinking about gratitude and inspired them to give back to the community in their own way.

Students formed task forces to plan the fundraiser, and also researched local and national nonprofits to determine which organizations they wanted to support.

"It was nice for the students to put faces to each organization," said Freshman Seminar teacher Aaron Swenson, describing the students' nonprofit selection process. "They were excited about contributing to a 'nonprofit,' but it was gratifying to see how personal it became once they connected some faces with each group. There is no doubt that this year's Detroit Lakes Freshman Academy has set the standard extremely high for years to come. We are very grateful for each and every one of these groups and individuals who do so much for our schools and communities."

The students raised more than $1,000 at their sale. Those funds went to charities including the Make A Wish Foundation, American Cancer Society, Humane Society of the Lakes, Marshmallow Foundation, Becker County Food Pantry, Lakes Crisis and Resource Center, Marc Henderson Benefit and Minnesota Flyers Fly Time.

The students were reportedly pleased with the outcome of the sale and happy with the amount in donations they were able to give.

Marie Johnson

Marie Johnson joined the Detroit Lakes Tribune in November 2017 after several years of writing and editing at the Perham Focus. She lives in rural Frazee with her husband, Dan, their young son and daughter, and their yellow Lab.

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