This week’s Hometown Heroes, presented by Hendrick Southpoint, are Elaine Wagner and Djina Alicante-Stuesse from Culbreth Middle School.

The two rising seventh graders saw their community in need and organized a bake sale that ended up raising hundreds of dollars.

“With everything that’s going on, the pandemic and the Black Lives Matter movement, doing a bake sale seemed like a good way that children could help,” said Elaine.

On July 5, Elaine and Djina set up their booth at the Morgan Creek Trailhead and offered cookies, popsicles, lemonade and water for free. They encouraged people to donate whatever they could.

“Everyone thought it was a really good idea,” said Djina. “There was this one guy, he didn’t have his wallet but he actually went back to his old house and then came back and also brought a couple of friends and they all donated.”

At the end of the day, Elaine and Djina had raised $636 and donated the money to Southerners on New Ground and EmbraceRace. does not charge subscription fees. You can support local journalism and our mission to serve the community. Contribute today – every single dollar matters.

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