published Friday, February 15th, 2013

Students make bracelets to aid tornado victims in Northwest Georgia

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    Wrecked homes are seen from the tornado that moved through Gordon County, Ga.
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MARIETTA, Ga. — Students at a suburban Atlanta elementary school are making bracelets for classmates in an effort to help tornado victims in northwest Georgia.

The effort at Davis Elementary School in Cobb County is aimed at helping tornado victims in the neighboring county of Bartow.

Students recently lined up to buy the bracelets made by fourth-graders in Bonnie Popienko’s class, The Marietta Daily Journal reported.

Each morning this week, the children have been selling bracelets they made for 25 to 50 cents each.

The sales benefit victims of the Jan. 30 tornado that hit Adairsville in Bartow County, leaving one person dead.

Popienko said many of her 30 students have spent between 25 and 30 hours before and after school making and selling the bracelets.

“The kids were lined five deep today,” parent Wayne Libman said on a recent day this week. “It was like Black Friday.”

Libman’s 10-year-old daughter, Sofia, organized the effort.

“I thought I could really help family and help people in need,” Sofia said.

The students made the bracelets using Rainbow Looms, toys that allow them to put together bracelets using dozens of small rubber bands in a matter of minutes.

“It’s kind of the rage right now,” school Principal Dee Mobley said.

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