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Pauline and George Economon, Published December 27 2009

Sullivan students benefit babies

In the week before Christmas, sixth-, seventh- and eighth-grade students from Sullivan Middle School in Fargo held a “Diaper Derby” in an effort to provide diapers for our clinic’s “Earn While You Learn” parenting program. The students collected and donated more than 10,000 diapers to us with a calculated market value of more than $2,500.

It took a small bus, driven by teacher Leon Knodle, to deliver the diapers to our clinic, along with three young men who also had donated items who came as helpers – Peter Simonson, Reily Donahue and Andy Collison.

The efforts of all the Sullivan students, along with their teachers and Principal Darrin Roach will keep many babies comfortable and dry and be a real help to the mothers and fathers of these children during their time of need.

The students who participated in the five-day “Diaper Derby” truly show how magnificent our young people are. In these times, some people refer to the next generation as the “I” or “me” generation, implying that they are self-centered and selfish. Efforts like this show how untrue that is and how wonderful the next generation can be.

Thank you to everyone at Sullivan Middle School. It’s people like you who bring true joy to the season. You are our Christmas angels.


The Economons operate FirstChoice Clinic in Fargo, a faith-based pregnancy resource center.