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Seven-year-old makes big difference: Local boy raises more than $1,700 for iPads

BREWSTER -- Sometimes little voices can make a big difference. Seven-year-old Riley Iwen spent his summer vacation raising money so his school could purchase more iPads for students. Riley raised a total of $1,728 which, according to Ray Hassing,...

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Riley Iwen (center) presents a check with money he raised for iPads with his mom, Katie Schoenecker (left), and Round Lake-Brewster Superintendent Ray Hassing. Tri County News

BREWSTER - Sometimes little voices can make a big difference.

Seven-year-old Riley Iwen spent his summer vacation raising money so his school could purchase more iPads for students. Riley raised a total of $1,728 which, according to Ray Hassing, the Round Lake-Brewster Superintendent, will buy approximately four new classroom iPads.
“It was very beneficial to our school,” Hassing said. “He did a great job.”

Riley’s mom, Katie Schoenecker, said it all started when Riley wanted to have a lemonade stand.
“I told him that lots of people who do lemonade stands also donate all or some of the money to charity,” Schoenecker said. “So half the money he made he kept and half of it went to his cause. He also had a separate donation jar that also went to his cause. So he raised $29 for himself and $83 for the school through the lemonade stand.”
However, Riley wanted to raise more money, so with the help from his mom and his dad, Jeremy Iwen, he went to local businesses to ask for donations.
Riley, although in second grade, is taking a fourth-grade math class. He hopes that his contribution will allow for more fun ways to practice his math skills.
“I thought if we got more iPads we’d have more games… to learn math,” Riley said. “It makes me feel happy to have helped.”
Schoenecker said this was a great learning experience for her son.
“We are pretty proud,” Schoenecker said. “We had a goal of $2,000, and although we didn’t make it, we did what we could.
“The best part is he enjoyed doing it,” she added. “It wasn’t a chore. … He wasn’t mad when we told him we were going to go do some fundraising. Instead, he would get excited.”

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