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12:06 AM, Dec 14, 2011   |    comments
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Students at Godwin Heights Middle School collected $800 worth of pennies for Toys for Tots donations.

WYOMING, Mich. (WZZM)-Some Wyoming students are giving back to classmates who are in need this holiday season.

Teacher Diane Jelke says 80 percent of students at Godwin Heights Middle School qualify for Toys for Tots. To help, the seventh and eighth grade classes recently raised more than $800 through a penny drive. Tuesday, eight students joined two teachers to pick out the toys they will donate.

Jelke came up with a creative way to inspire her students to give.

"We were kind of slow the first three days [of the drive]. I'm a physical education teacher so I offered up to my eighth grade students that I would sell a week of laps for $3, and the money came pouring in," she says.

Last year, Godwin Heights Middle School collected about $500 for toy donations.

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