Sunday, August 2, 2009

Girls rock!: Sales help families with sick children

By TOMIE LUNSFORD
Telegram Staff Writer

Earlier this year, they made a 100 on their science test about rocks.
Then the two friends had an idea: 'Why don't we collect them and sell them?'
So this past Easter, Haily Dyer, 8, and Kennedy Cox, 9, went to work. They hunted high and low for cool-looking rocks.
'I looked at our school (Kennedy-Powell), in my back yard and at my grandpa's ranch,' Miss Cox said. 'There's all kinds of rocks in regular dirt.'
And Miss Dyer, she said she's found some.
'But most of the time I help Kennedy polish the ones she found,' Miss Dyer said.
Once the girls collected rock No. 50, they decided it was time to start selling.
Big rocks the size of volleyballs cost $10, medium ones the size of softballs cost $5 and little ones cost $1.
'And the money, we thought could go to the Ronald McDonald House,' Miss Cox said. 'I live really close to it, and I think it's nice that families can stay their while the kids who are injured or ill are in the hospital.' So lugging a big back of rocks on her shoulder, Miss Cox went door to door in her neighborhood.
'I'd say, 'Do you want to buy a rock to support the Ronald McDonald House?' Sometimes they'd say yes,' Miss Cox said. 'Most of the people didn't want a rock, but they gave me money for the House.'
Cliff Stringfellow, a soldier stationed at Fort Hood, was one of Miss Cox's customers who purchased a rock.
'She was at a mutual friend's house, and she came up to me and asked me if I'd like to buy a rock for the Ronald McDonald House,' Stringfellow said. 'I thought she was doing an admirable thing, so I told her I'd be glad to support her and her cause.'
Stringfellow said he looked through about 30 of Miss Cox's rocks until he found the one he wanted.
'It was the perfect rock for me,' Stringfellow said. 'It was small, attractive and smooth, almost a half-arrow head with sharp edges. I paid her $5 for it, and now it's in my room and my mom's house.'
By the middle of July, Miss Cox had generated a total of $41.07 for the Ronald McDonald House from rock sales and donation. She hand-delivered her contribution about two weeks ago with her proud mom, Molly Cox of Temple, by her side.
'It was such an unselfish thing for a 9-year-old, for anyone, to do,' said Susan Bolton, executive director at the Ronald McDonald House. 'Kennedy did a good job, and her work will help a lot of people.'
Ms. Bolton said Miss Cox's rock proceeds will help pay for food, drinks and electricity at the house.
'I want to make sure the rooms stay warm and cool for all the families,' Miss Cox said.
Miss Dyer wants that too.
'It doesn't matter if you make money or see your rocks in books or magazines,' Miss Dyer said. 'What matters is that your rocks help people.'
The two girls plant to continue selling rocks for the summer and fall. Interested patrons can place an order at rocks4rmcdhouse@gmail.com.
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Did you know?
--“There’s three types of limestone. The color on the outside determines the color on the inside. If it’s gray on the outside, then you’ve got yellow, white and gray layers on the inside,” said Kennedy Cox, 9, of Kennedy-Powell Elementary School.
--“Calcite and petrified wood are the coolest because it takes a lot of time for them to turn into rocks,” Miss Cox said.
-- “Rocks that look like dinosaur eggs can break in half and be really smooth,” said Hailey Dyer, 8, of Kennedy-Powell Elementary School.
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Want to help?
To purchase a rock, email your name and contact information to rocks4rmcdhouse@gmail.com.

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