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By  Stephanie Springer  - bio | email

ALBANY, GA (WALB) –Since the earthquake hit Haiti, millions of Americans have stepped up and helped out.

And not just adults. We've seen children empty their piggy banks to help their Haitian counterparts.

It's the 100th day of school at Kinchafoonee Primary School, and kids are celebrating in a variety of ways.

But 9-year old Parker Rogers wanted to do something different.

"I want to keep helping people," said Rogers.

He took a class assignment,

"I asked my students to do an open ended project dealing with 100," said second grade teacher Kim Dobson.

And turned it into a way to help earthquake victims in Haiti.

"I saw people sticking their hands out of rocks and rubble and it made me sad," said Rogers.

So he thought up a speech and memorized it.

"Hi, my name is Parker Rogers. I'm a second grader at kinchafoonee primary school. I am a honor student. For a hundred day celebration, I am asking 100 people to donate one dollar to the American Red Cross," said Rogers.

After school he stepped out of his comfort zone and pounded the pavement, knocking on doors.

"It helps people who have no water, food or clothes," said Rogers.

Ultimately collecting 100 dollars, which Red Cross officials say will help in a big way.

"That's 100 people he's taking care of one way or another," said Bud Greco, Director of Emergency Services Director.

It's the first time he's held that much money, but Tuesday he had no problem handing it off to the Red Cross  because he has other plans for that money.

"I want it to go to the children of Haiti," said Rogers.

His teacher says his approach, was the first she's seen in 20 years.

"Parker is the first one who collected money and had the idea to give it to a charity," said Dobson.

A move she hopes will inspire others.

"My whole class clapped for me," said Rogers.

"It gives me chills to think about how wonderful this kid is," said his step mom Pam Rogers.

Proof that one little person..can make a big difference, one dollar at a time.

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