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These Bloomington elementary school students donated more than 200 toys, teddy bears to Rialto police, others

Last year, fifth-graders at Ruth Grimes Elementary School in Bloomington asked themselves what they could do to make a difference in their community.
This year, the now-sixth-graders donated more than 200 toys and teddy bears to the Rialto Police Department, the national nonprofit Childhelp and a senior housing complex.
On Nov. 16, Rialto police Officer Dwuan Rice accepted the gifts, telling students the toys and teddy bears would go to children and seniors going through traumatic or stressful situations. Rialto police officers also will hand some out to needy families this holiday season.
“These kids are already making a difference in their community,” Rice said in a release. “Our future is solid.”
Over the past year, Grimes students have marketed their teddy bear drive school-wide by making posters and filming a commercial to advertise their efforts.
The kids doubled their initial goal of collecting 100 teddy bears.
Grimes teacher Ilene Mino lauded her students for taking a lesson in leadership and putting it into action.
“I’m happy to help other people,” student Sophia Castillo said in a news release. “People don’t realize something as little as a teddy bear can make a big difference in a kid’s life.”

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