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Whiteland student collecting pop tabs for charity

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A Whiteland Elementary School fourth-grader wanted a way to honor her brother and help other families.

Sydney Clements, 9, remembers her little brother, Carter as being sick.

He spent his short three-week life at Riley Hospital for Children at Indiana University Health in Indianapolis before he died. Her parents stayed in the nearby Ronald McDonald House while tending to their sick infant.

In honor of her brother, Clements has a goal to collect 1 million aluminum pop can tabs to collect money for the Ronald McDonald House.

After years of volunteering at the house with her mother, talking to families, baking desserts and helping her mother prepare a meal for families on Carter’s birthday, she wanted another way to help, she said.

“This year, I decided I wanted to do something,” she said.

She met with her principal and did the math. If every classroom filled two-and-a-third copy paper boxes with pop tabs, they would reach their goal.

Collecting pop tabs is a standard fundraiser for the Ronald McDonald House. They collect pop tabs and recycle them for the money.

The Ronald McDonald House then uses the money to allow parents of sick children being treated at Riley to stay there for free.

Clement’s goal will be to raise about $500 for the organization after the tabs are recycled.

The family has been collecting pop tabs already and hope to meet Clement’s goal by May 10. A family member in Florida sent some, contributing to the nearly 3 pounds of tabs the family has saved so far.

Community members can drop pop tabs off at Whiteland Elementary School, 120 Center St., Whiteland.

Sherry Clements also will pick up tabs and can be contacted at 414-2712.

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