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Raleigh teacher raises thousands for children in Ferguson, MO

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A Raleigh public school teacher has partnered with the St. Louis Foodbank to help feed children reliant on food from their school during the civil unrest in Ferguson, Missouri.

Julianna Mendelsohn started the crowdfunding campaign “Feed the Students of Ferguson” after the public school shutdown in Ferguson.

Mendelsohn said she was up late Wednesday monitoring the situation in Ferguson on Twitter.

“I'm a teacher and my first thoughts are with the students,” she said. “A lot kids in this country rely on school breakfasts and lunches.”

The campaign has raised more than $27,000 from more than 1,200 donors today.

“I started what I thought would be a small personal effort with friends,” she said. “It's going beyond my wildest dreams."

Mendelsohn is scheduled to travel to Ferguson Friday to hand a check to the St. Louis Foodbank.

The public schools in Ferguson have been closed during the unrest following the shooting of Michael Brown Aug. 10.

Donate to Feed the Students of Ferguson.

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