BEAVERTON, Ore. -- Elmonica Elementary School in Beaverton is like a lot of urban grade schools. The K-5 building is overflowing with kids.
Enrollment is at 725 students, more than the building was built to hold. At least half of those students live at the poverty level and many are homeless.
“Right now we know of about 50 of our students who are in dire need,” said principal Cynthia Lam Moffett.
The Beaverton School District reports the greatest number of homeless students in the state. Principal Moffett says those reported number are low.
“We also know we have a lot of families that are too proud, too shy or scared to reveal that they are living in a homeless situation,” said Moffett.
That worried two 5th grade students at Elmonica, who decided with winter weather moving in, they needed to do something to help.
“I just don’t want homeless kids to be freezing in the winter,” Angelina Pham told us. So despite only being 10 and 11, Angelina and fellow 5th grader Dakota Wright organized a fundraiser at the nearby Baskin Robbins to raise money.
“We are going to buy some winter clothes for the kids at our school so they don’t have to be freezing,” Dakota said.
The girls made flyers to post at school and beyond, and even placed a collection bin at the school entryway. Everything is set for Dec. 5 at the Baskin Robbins, at 10910 on SW Barnes Road. The only thing left to do is buy ice cream between 5 and 10 p.m.
“They have done absolutely everything,” said Moffett, “I just get to stand here and say yeah, it’s going to help our school!”
All because the idea of a warm winter coat for fellow students, warmed the hearts of two young girls.