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Way to Go: Lacey Eberhart

Lacey Eberhart, a fifth-grader at Trinity Lutheran School,

Lacey Eberhart, a fifth-grader at Trinity Lutheran School, raised more than $1,000 over the summer to benefit people affected by a ferocious tornado that struck Oklahoma in May. Photo Credit: Handout

A Hicksville student recently paid it forward after being inspired by the help her family got in the aftermath of superstorm Sandy.

Lacey Eberhart, a fifth-grader at Trinity Lutheran School, raised more than $1,000 over the summer to benefit people affected by a ferocious tornado that struck Oklahoma in May. The funds are going to St. John's Lutheran Church and School in Moore, Okla.

To raise the funds, Lacey proposed that her school host a "Dress Down Day," in which students and staff paid a $3 fee to wear regular clothes for a full school day. Trinity pupils typically wear uniforms, she said.

"Our house got flooded, two giant trees lifted the garage, and the bulkhead was destroyed," Lacey, 10, said of the damage her family's Freeport home suffered from Sandy last year. "Being on the other side of the TV after what we went through made me want to help. If you were them, you would want someone to help as well."

To propose the fundraiser, Lacey said she wrote a letter outlining the idea and gave it to her teacher, who passed it along to the school principal.

Lacey spread the word by distributing fliers, giving a speech in the chapel and making an announcement over the school's loudspeaker.

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