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700 Pounds of Pop Tabs For Ronald McDonald House

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For years the Ronald McDonald house has been collecting Pop Tabs, raising money to house families who have children in the hospital.

This afternoon one North Dakota high school is donating more than just a bag or two of pop tabs, but hundreds of pounds of them.

<<"Our school donated over 700 pounds of pop tabs," Tierra Ourada said.

Tioga high school seniors get a break from class, to bring garbage cans full of pop tabs, to the Ronald McDonald house in Bismarck.

"Everywhere you go, you know they've got most the businesses, the bars and restaurants they collect them, I get every few weeks I look in my mailbox and there's pop tops in there," Teacher, Jeremy Carkuff said.

The Tioga community has gotten used to saving each tab from a can of pop, it's also a competition for the elementary students to see how many tabs each class can collect.

"Every week we go collect, we weigh them and then the winner gets a pizza party, Kindergarten won this year, when I was a sixth grader we won," Rhett Wolter said.

Tioga students started collecting pop tabs about six years ago, and thanks to the economic growth in the community, the school is able to increase their donations.

"The growth has really been in our elementary and that's the main kids that have collected, when we first started this we got around 100 to 150 pounds," Carkuff said.

Last year alone the Ronald McDonald House in Bismarck brought in around $3,000, just from pop tabs.

"We've got all the bills that any household has except magnified by seven families at a time and so our operating expenses are substantial, so if we can get $3,000 donated to us, that helps a lot," Executive Director, Kathy Keiser said.

And these students are enjoying their day off from school, helping others.

"Sometimes it's better just to do things for the benefit of others, not to get anything in return," Ourada said.>>

The family of a Kindergarten student who recently moved to Tioga is staying at the Ronald McDonald house as the boy battles Leukemia.

The student's former community heard about what students at Tioga are doing and donated 100 pounds of pop tabs to his kindergarten class.

That kindergarten class won the pizza party this year.

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