McPherson Child Helps Greensburg School

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Elementary school students in Greensburg have finally gotten a chance to meet the McPherson girl who raised $4,000 to help rebuild their school.

During a school assembly yesterday, 7-year-old Emma Marten and her family handed over the proceeds of a September auction of her artwork.

The K-3 school was destroyed along with most of the town when a
monster tornado struck last May.

School officials said they plan to use the money any way they can but will focus first on the school's art program and Emma's grade level. They said they typically target donations on the areas of interest by the contributors.

Emma got the idea in May when she saw a Kansas City artist's benefit art show for Greensburg in Hutchinson. Her parents told her they would help her do a benefit show of her own if she created 25 art pieces, which she did mostly out of crayon, marker and paint.

A new school won't be completed for at least another year and a
half but the school is making do with temporary facilities. A new gym and cafeteria have already been built and served as a backdrop for Monday's ceremony.

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