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May 12--  Seventh grade students at J.R. Middle School in Vidalia spent part of their day Wednesday learning how to be compassionate capitalists.

As part of a social studies marketing class led by Marie Sasser and Julie Caraballo, students formed companies selling goods and services to fellow students.


"Each student came up with a product they could market and sell.  They created a store front to attract people to come to their booths.  Really these were their ideas and they brought all of the supplies in themselves," Caraballo said.

Even more important, the students decided they would contribute all the proceeds from their sales to classmate Jozalyn Eason.

"She's a seventh grade student who found out she has bone cancer a couple of months ago and all of the proceeds will go to her and her family," Caraballo reports.

Her classmate, Darinate Massey, says they are praying for Jozalyn's recovery.  "I've been around her a while.  She's a basketball player and a good student and we're just keeping her in our prayers that she'll get better," he says.

Her brother, Jeremy, says the family appreciates the support. "I feel real great about this because all the money and support will help our family give her support so she can heal," he says.

Thursday school officials reported the students raised nearly $4,000 to help Jozalyn.