MAHOPAC, N.Y.— After learning about the children of war-torn Aleppo in Syria, Mary Kurtz’ fifth-grade class at Lakeview Elementary School took to making crafts for a fundraiser.

Last month, the class sold clay charms, stress balls, magnets, lapel pins, bookmarks, bracelets and more during school and raised more than $540 for Save the Children to help the kids of Aleppo.

“[The students were] troubled by something they read and wanted to help,” Kurtz said. “Now they know not only that they can make a difference, but that they have a voice in making change. All of them embraced the spirit, tenacity and teamwork required to engage everyone in a wonderful cause.”