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Pancake Breakfast Raises Thousands for Fire Victims

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WATERFORD - 30 middle school students spent their Sunday morning by serving up pancakes at Fort LeBoeuf middle school.

But they weren't just serving hotcakes to hungry folks in Waterford; they were raising money for some of their classmates whose families have been displaced by house fires.

"Just imagine being in school one day and then waking up the next and all of your stuff is gone and you don't have anything," said Anna DiNicola, a 6th grade student at Fort LeBoeuf.  "If it happened to you, you'd definitely want people to help out."

"They really don't have anything right now so we're just giving them a start in a new life," said 8th grader, Tara Twargoski

The fires, on Cedarwood Lane, Harding Avenue and Lane Road, all broke out within the last few months.  Some of the students' homes were left completely destroyed.

Sunday morning's pancake breakfast raised nearly $8,000 for the victims.

"We're really, really proud to raise this money for the families to help them out a little bit," said teacher, Tara Kaczmarek.

People from the Waterford community were also happy to help.  More than 500 attended the event.

"Any way that we  can support them and help them recover, we thought it was a great thing to do," said Mark Rose, of Waterford.

One of those generous donors wrote a $2,000 check.  All money will go directly to the victims.

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