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Bowers’ Students Raise Money for Children’s Hospital

Here’s a nice story about three best friends who attend Bowers -- Hayden Watts (4th grade, Mrs. Garcia's class), Jameson Watts (2nd grade, Mrs. Cocchiola's class) and Brynn Mesick (4th grade, Mrs. Dixon's class). This summer, the kids were bored one day and they asked Sandie Watts (a cafeteria worker at Bowers and the mother of Hayden and Jameson) what could they do, and she suggested a lemonade stand. Little did anyone know how this would turn out.
Sandie asked them if they just wanted to split their earnings three ways and then go buy anything they wanted. (Incidentally, she was going to be baby sitting Brynn all summer while her mom worked as a police dispatcher at MCC.)
Well, Hayden suggested that they donate the money to the neonatal intensive care unit at CCMC. (Hayden was a NICU baby).  The first day went pretty well, especially for a lemonade stand.  They raised a little over $160.00.   As the word got around town as to what they were doing, the donations started pouring in. Manchester Fire, Manchester police, even people just stopping by to drop off money!  After only 4 “lemonade stand days” throughout the summer, the thr
ee kids raised $911.00.
They went to CCMC last week to donate the money to the foundation, and people at the hospital were overjoyed with the kindness of these young kids.
“They worked really hard and I think this hopefully will inspire other children to help a hospital that cares for so many of our children,” said Sandie, noting that the kids ended up donating their money to a fund seeking new NICU incubators needed at CCMC. (The cost is $34,000 for each one and they need approximately 10.)
"The entire Bowers community is very proud of these children and also of Sandie for supporting the project," Principal Mary Lou Ruggiero said. "Their thoughtfulness and generosity were really special."
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