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A gift to the animals


On Jan. 26, 11 Burmese refugee children presented a check for $75 to the SPCA of Tompkins County. The children, who attend Ithaca’s Belle Sherman Elementary School, participate in a Cornell Cooperative Extension program that teaches financial skills through entrepreneurial activity and money management. The financial education portion of the program was developed by Alternatives Federal Credit Union. Over the holiday season, the students designed and sold greeting cards and earned about $150. In the spirit of philanthropy, they gave half of their profits to the SPCA.

“In upstate New York, there are several pockets of Burmese refugees,” said Ramona Cornell of Cooperative Extension. “Here are these little kids – who fled a brutal existence – and they are learning to share their new wealth.”

– George Lowery


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