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Students raise $1,242 for Freedom Honor Flight project

LA CROSSE, Wis. - Logan Middle School teachers had pies thrown in their faces and Principal Jay Pica was duct taped to the wall to raise money for a community project.

During halftime of the students versus staff basketball game on Friday, which was also part of the fundraiser, it was revealed that students raised $1,242 for a special project for Freedom Honor Flight

A giant check was presented to a group of women who make special pillow cases for veterans when they return home from the Freedom Honor Flight, a day-long trip to see war memorials in Washington, D.C.

The women hoped the fundraiser would bring in $200 for their organization. They were shocked when the total number was revealed.

"By having this amount we also gives us a little bit of seed money so that for next year we're not quite as strapped, so we can go forward with another 100 for each flight," said Jeannie Bush, who makes pillowcases for Honor Flights.


"It's like raising money for a cause we think deserves it, and it's a great chance to get involved and give back to your school," said Logan Middle School 7th grader Caitlyn McQuiston-Keil.

It costs about $1,000 to make all of the pillowcases.

As for Friday's basketball game, the staff won 39-37 on a last second shot off a rebound by Ben Wopat.

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