Paisley School Turkey donation

Students of the winning class group (K-6) are pictured with the box of money they raised. Teachers are pictured in the back row; from left to right are Stu Burgess, Jackie Hodel, Mary O'Leary, and Emma Shanahan.

As one of Paisley School’s current foreign exchange students, Ege Mavinil, is from Turkey, the recent earthquake that killed thousands in the country felt a bit closer to home for students at the rural school. Mavinil inspired a fundraising effort at the school that carried over into the community and resulted in over $1,300 being raised for earthquake relief in Turkey.

Paisley English/social studies teacher Stu Burgess said Mavinil — who many of the students call “Bob” because they struggle to pronounce his name — began talking to him about doing something to help his country after the earthquake struck. He asked Burgess if he could hang a poster letting people know how they could donate.

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