Students at Rykers' Ridge Elementary School raised $220 in spare change last week to donate to the Madison Police Department's drug dog program.

The money was raised during the school's Red Ribbon Celebration week, a week dedicated to spreading an anti-drug message to students. 

Amy Perkins, counselor at the elementary school, said the fifth-grade group Principal Assistant Leaders (PALS) coordinated the school's sprit days that celebrated Red Ribbon Week.

The students came up with the idea to have students donate money on one of the spirit days.

"They came up with the theme 'Drugs Don't Make Cents,'" Perkins said. "They decided to donate extra change that they had. The students set up buckets in the gymnasium and around the school and had students bring in their change."

The group PALS is comprised of Hannah Rutledge, Katelyn Tullis, Ariannah Harris, Blake Ashby, Russell Bouchard, Dalton Berry, Lundun Perry, Sebastian Biallas, Chloe Barron and Lani Stockdale.

PALS is a service learning club for fifth-graders at Rykers' Ridge. The group is responsible for various activities around the school.