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Class of the Week 3/26: Wittenberg Elementary School

by Natalie Sparacio

WITTENBERG (WAOW)--  Pickles and Haiti... two words generally not in the same sentence.

But students at Wittenberg, Birnamwood and Elderon Elementary raised thousands of dollars for relief efforts... in response to two classmates who are from there.

Sally Smith of Wittenberg adopted Landon and Addy from Haiti when they were both just 1 year old.

When the earthquake shook their native country, the disaster hit close to home. It's an understatement to say the family was in a pickle.

Smith says,"... when we first heard the news we we're terrified for the people there because we had been there.. and of course they have family there and we have friends there... and so we were just kind of in shock."

One of the teachers came up with a unique way to raising relief money, through the form of a pickle sale. 180 pounds of the slippery green goodness... to be exact.

Sue Huntington, a 3rd grade teacher, says, "... we started off.. just going to see $1 pickles... then we decided to sell the jars for 10 dollars. We sold out our first couple of sales... the kids loved it. The middle school kids were even buying cups of the pickle juice...I think for 50 cents... it just took off, they loved it."

The sale brought in $2,200, and they're planning another sale after spring break.

They're goal, to bring in $3,000, that will go directly in the hands of people in Haiti.

Smith says, "... we know the money will go directly to the people... rebuild their homes, feed them... and I guess all we can say is thank you and we know this community will continue to help not just Haiti.. and not just us.. but others in need."

Huntington says, "... they're just so generous for some kids a dollar is a lot of money.. $10 to buy a jar of pickles... I had one kid that brought 2 jars... $20... some kids came and said this was my money... my Mom didn't give me money, this is my allowance... so I thought that was real special."

Nancy Nueske, the school nurse, was in charge of dropping off pickle orders around the school, "... it's really fun and you know I went home and I smell like a pickle for a long time... but it's worth it."

No matter how you slice or dice it, the students generosity and compassion to their fellow classmates is admirable.

So we relish the opportunity to name them this week's Class of the Week.

If you'd like to nominate students who go above and beyond, whether it's in the classroom or out in the community, email us at

Winners are announced every Friday morning at 6:30 a.m., on Wake Up Wisconsin.

Online Reporter: Natalie Sparacio

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