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JACKSONVILLE BEACH, Fla. -- Hats of to Johny Appleseed (also known as principal Krissy Thompson) and the students and families at St. Paul's Catholic School at our beaches.

The students worked for more than a week to raise funds for our Apple Project so we can build a free dental clinic for uninsured, low-income families on the First Coast.

The students hada "White Out Day" at school. They wore white for "pearly whites" and to "make change."

The change? Well, it mounted up to thousands. The students collected change in zip bags. They brought money to school and apples.

The apples will go to needy folks at the beaches. They money goes to the nonprofit, Community Health Outreach, the group building the new clinic.

The total? More than $5,000! The amount includes a nice check from the St. Vincent de Paul Society backing the school's effort.

The actual donation will be $10,000 because the Weaver Foundation is promising to match all donations up to $100,000.

One young student, Viola, raised a hundred dollars on her own by selling "Never Alone" bracelets with a sparkly cross. She made the bracelets to help honor what she says she learned from battling a skull fracture.

Viola said she was hurt in a cheerleading accident and learned that prayer heals and that "you're never alone." She said God is always with you.

She sold each bracelet for $8.

The students say they spent four hours counting up all the change and bill.

Congrats to the compassionate folks at St. Paul's!

If you'd like to help raise money for the new dental clinic, please email Jeannie Blaylock, jblaylock@firstcoastnews.com.

We can also use help with materials and labor from anyone in the construction industry. We need everything from masonry to drywall to electrical.

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