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Dalton Draper, 9, is a student at Wolcott Elementary School in Wolcott, Vermont. Join him in the Big Change Roundup by visiting www.bigchangeroundup.org.

Dalton Draper, 9, is a student at Wolcott Elementary School in Wolcott, Vermont. 

Hi, my name is Dalton, and I was a premature baby. Now, I’m nine years old. My mom and I started fundraising for the March of Dimes when I was really little. Now, we are also “change bandits” for the Big Change Roundup for The UVM Children’s Hospital, where I was born.

My saying is that “every penny counts,” and I have seen that’s true over the last five years. My first year, I raised $300 for the Big Change Roundup and it was a lot of fun bringing the money in and seeing just what $300 could do! That’s when I decided I wanted to help more.

Last year, my mom and I are hosted a pancake breakfast. I asked local businesses, like restaurants, to donate food and drinks and they did! That year, we were able to raise $1,360 (and some cents!).

This year I got my school involved and they’ve been collecting so much change that we can barely lift some of their buckets!  We worked with Hoagies to host a pizza party at my school for the class that brought in the most money.

This year, my mom and I will do our pancake breakfast again. You’re invited to join us! It’s on February 28 from 8 a.m. to 11 a.m. at the Bishop Marshall School. 100 percent of the proceeds will go to the UVM Children’s Hospital. The tickets are $3 for kids and $5 for adults.

I learned that you can do a lot by doing a little. My mom and I started that way. We think of fun ways to raise money. We have done a flea market and we sold Valentine’s Day cookies. I challenge you to think of one small thing you can do today to help us raise money for the children’s hospital. I thank you, and I’m sure all the children at the hospital do, too!

Dalton Draper, 9, is a student at Wolcott Elementary School in Wolcott, Vermont. Join him in the Big Change Roundup by visiting www.bigchangeroundup.org.

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