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ECHS Calculus Club makes its pennies and dimes count
Physics-Calc club
Nicole King, Matthew Verrier, Jessica Friday, Travis Forehand, Whitney Mileski, Madison Mongin, Wendy Fears, Dristen Fears, Kasey Gifford and Yvonne Arnsdorff man the Calculus and Physics Club tent at the Buddy Walk where students gave out temporary tattoos. - photo by Photo by Sandi Van Orden

Students in Effingham County High School’s Calculus and Physics Club will spend the month of October raising money for the Low County Down’s Syndrome Association.

The drive is called dimes for downs. Students decorate a piggy bank and carry it around to collect money.

Wendy Fears, a math teacher at ECHS and advisor for the club, said this is the third year the students have participated in the fundraiser, and the second year the students have helped at the Buddy Walk for Down syndrome awareness.

“The goal is for a student to raise $1 a day,” Fears said.

Madison Mongin, a student in the calculus and physics club, said she participates to give back to the community.

“It’s not asking for a lot, but change adds up,” she said. “It’s a different kind of fundraiser to have.”

Mongin said if all of the members collect $1 a day, then the group will raise approximately $1,000, the goal the club has set.Awareness Month,” Fears said. “That’s why we have the fundraiser then.”

Fears said the first year the group raised money for the National Down Syndrome Society and for the past two years has raised money for the local group.

Fears said there are many areas to support and many good causes. The group focuses on this cause because Fears’ daughter Kristen has Downs Syndrome.

Fears said she believes it’s good for the students to be giving back to the community.

”It helps them realize everybody is important,” she said.