Students at Stella Hills Elementary School put on their shiny red noses Thursday and celebrated reaching their monetary goal for Red Nose Day.

More than $350 were raised for the Bakersfield Homeless Center in support of stopping child poverty through the Red Nose Day campaign.

According to fourth grade teacher Whitney Dirkse, students have spent the past three weeks researching and learning about the causes and effects of poverty around the world. Each team put together its own fundraising proposal and presented it to Principal Steve Robinson.

The winning proposal that was selected had set a goal of raising $350. If it was met, Robinson agreed he would dress like the school mascot and do a dance for the students at the assembly. He obliged Thursday, and even ate a bug to the delight and disgust of many students.

Red Nose Day is a national campaign that brings awareness to child poverty around the world.

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