3-Minute Interview: Matilda Michel 

The fifth-grader at Argonne Elementary School in the Richmond district was in one of two of the school’s classrooms that raised $2,000 for Nkomo School in South Africa during their fourth annual Read-a-thon through the Friends of Africa Foundation.

How much did you raise as part of the Read-a-thon? I raised $170.

Was it difficult to ask for donations? No, not really. It was really easy. I just asked my family and friends if they could give money and then brought it to the class.

Why did you think it was important to raise money for children in Africa? Because I feel that kids at the school are less fortunate than us, and they need it for their school so they can learn.

What is the money going to buy? We are getting supplies for disabled kids.

What would you tell people who did not already know about your class fundraiser? I would tell people that there are these kids at school and they need supplies just like me so they can learn.

If you could raise money for other people, who would it be? Maybe for homeless people or for kids that can’t afford to get help.

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