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Third-grader collects pop tabs, money for McDonald House

Feb. 28, 2013 @ 12:00 AM

IRONTON -- With a little help from her friends, 8-year-old Arianna Schaus has found a way to pay a kindness forward.

Schaus, a third-grader at Ironton Elementary School, has been collecting pop tabs, money and toiletries for the past several weeks to benefit Ronald McDonald House.

She and her mom, Cyndee Davis, spent about five weeks at the Ronald McDonald House in Lexington at no cost.

"They helped me out," Schaus said. "Now I want to help them out. They survive on donations. They have a wish list. If we help out, they can get some things on the list."

"She asked if she could collect the pop tabs at school," said Ironton Elementary School Principal John Maynard. "She made an announcement at school. Kids are collecting them for her. They recycle them. This is something she felt strongly about."

Maynard said he had talked to the students about community service, and he thinks this project is a good one.

"The idea is for them to learn to help your neighbor," Maynard said.

In addition to several boxes to collect tabs, the school also has smaller boxes to collect donations.

"We have a ton of them at the house," Davis about the pop tabs. "She brings more home almost every day. She's collecting money, too.

"This was all her idea," Davis said. "She wanted to give back. She's an amazing little girl. I'm so proud of her. She has the biggest heart."

Davis said they plan to take a collection of the pop tabs, money and toiletries to the Ronald McDonald House in Lexington. Future donations will be sent to the Ronald McDonald House in Huntington.

"She wants to keep this up," Davis said.

"We want to get as many as we can," Schaus said.