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Kids helping Kids: Pajama Day at King School nets $750 for Akron Children’s Hospital

Hooray for King Elementary School, an Akron Public School in the Firestone Cluster, for having fun and raising money for Akron Children’s Hospital with a pajama party Jan. 17.

The 12 members of King’s Student Council, which includes 6th and 7th-graders, typically organize one school-wide pajama day each year. Students and even some of the staff are able to wear their pajamas by making a small donation to student council, which selects the charity to benefit.

Student council advisor Janet Lippincott said the council has chosen many area providers in the past, including the Ronald McDonald House and the Greater Akron Humane Society. She’s proud of her students for raising $750 with this year’s event.

“It was an outstanding effort,” said Lippincott. “I would say that about 95 percent of the student body participated this year. I even had a fifth grader tell me that she was too embarrassed to wear her PJs to school, but she still wanted to support the hospital. She brought in $10 and just wore her regular uniform.”

This year’s donation is just one of many from the school, said Brian Hollingsworth, associate development officer of the Akron Children’s Hospital Foundation. He calculates that over the past seven years, the school has donated nearly $3,000 to Akron Children’s.

“It’s wonderful that the children at King Elementary School have chosen to support the patients at Akron Children’s Hospital for many years,” said Hollingsworth. “When kids help other kids, well, it doesn’t get much better than that.”