Bentonville kindergartners make necklaces to raise money for families

Posted: December 7, 2017 at 1:07 a.m.

NWA Democrat-Gazette/SPENCER TIREY Kindergartners Analie Dryer (From Left) Kendall Langley, Kathryn Cooksey and Blake Harris work on making jingle bell necklace in Cristine Eubanks' class at Thomas Jefferson Elementary in Bentonville. This is the third year students have done the project to raise money for students in need at the school. Last year the project raised about $1,100.

A lesson in economics doubles as a lesson in compassion when the Thomas Jefferson Elementary School kindergartners do their jingle bell necklace project each year.

School demographics

Thomas Jefferson Elementary School’s 553 students live in central and north Bentonville and west Bella Vista. About 26 percent of Jefferson students qualify for free or reduced-price meals, slightly above the Bentonville School District’s rate of 24 percent. Eligibility for federally subsidized meals is a gauge of poverty in schools and districts.

Source: Bentonville School District

NWA Democrat-Gazette/SPENCER TIREY Kindergarten students Analie Dryer (left) and Kendall Langley work Friday on making jingle bell necklaces in Cristi...

NWA Democrat-Gazette/SPENCER TIREY Jingle bell necklaces were made in Cristine Eubanks' kindergarten class at Thomas Jefferson Elementary in Bentonvil...

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