Washington Elementary students raise money for B&B Market ‘Food Train’

A coin drive at the Cloquet school raised more than $1,700 to donate to the ongoing program for families in need.

The Student Advisory Team at Washington Elementary School in Cloquet collected more than $1,600 in pocket change over three weeks to donate to the B&B Market 'Food Train . (Photo courtesy of Robbi Mondati)

When the Washington Elementary School Student Advisory Team was looking for an opportunity to make a difference in their community, they found the perfect partner in B&B Market’s “Food Train.”

The SAT is a group of third- and fourth-grade student leaders elected by their classmates at Washington. They decided in April to organize and lead a coin drive and voted to donate the proceeds to the weekly food program.

The Food Train started in March 2020 to provide meals to families in need during the COVID-19 pandemic. Since it began, the program has raised more than $130,000 and provides meals for up to 200 families a week.

During the SAT coin drive, the school raised $1,611.74, according to Washington Principal Robbi Mondati. The kindergarten class alone collected more than $500 in pocket change over three weeks.

What’s more, Northwoods Credit Union in Cloquet stepped in to sort and count the change and added a $150 matching contribution to the cause, Mondati said.

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