Student performance raises money for Remembering Jesse Parker, Inc.

The compassion of a group of studentsis taking center stage, helping peers halfway around the world.    

Students from West Salem Middle School presented more than $12,000 to area nonprofits on Thursday.

The money was raised from the tickets sold at their presentation of “The Lion King Jr.” back in January.

About $8,000 will go to the Remembering Jesse Parker foundation, which helps provide clean water sources to underdeveloped countries.

“It will serve a community of 2,000 people. It has a primary school. The kids are also going to collect a soccer ball and send backpacks. So all of the those children will not only be getting clean water, they will also be getting supplies and messages from our kids for hope and peace in our world. It’s just an awesome experience,” said Amy Hanson, music director for West Salem High School.

The money also benefited Catholic Charities, the Salvation Army, WAFER and the West Salem Food Pantry.