COLLINSVILLE, Ill. ( – The brush fires in Australia are wreaking havoc for the country’s wildlife and the animals’ plight has special meaning for students at a Metro East school.

Third grade students at Renfro Elementary in Collinsville have a breaded dragon in their classroom, the animal is found in Australia.

Tuesday, the students held a "Sip and Shop," selling lemonade and donated items such as toys and art supplies. Before Tuesday, their teacher said the students would help plan and run the event.

"I think it’s going to be great learning experience, already started making the banners to hang around the school, so there's a lot of literature involved with that a lot of writing activities,” said third grade teacher Scott Eberhart.

The class also accepted monetary donations. The goal is to raise $1,000.

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