"It feels good helping the kids at St. Jude and it's fun helping them," said Olivia Bousquet. "It makes me feel real good."
"When I helped St. Jude's hospital, it felt really good," added Rethalynn Swift.
"I felt like I saved everybody in the whole world," said Allison Beattie.
Benware said she was proud of her students for taking the project to heart, knowing it would help them academically and help them understand compassion for others with childhood cancer and other deadly diseases.
"It's children helping children, but at the same time, it's helping them in the classroom," said Benware. "It's the perfect school fundraiser."
Students in Benware's class and other second grade classes at Peru Primary School will receive prizes for the different levels at which they raised money.