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Students with special needs at Cypress Woods Elementary raise big bucks with Super Bowl bracelets

Kids made 2,400 bracelets
Posted at 4:18 AM, Feb 05, 2021
and last updated 2021-02-05 09:20:15-05

PALM HARBOR, Fla. — Students with special needs at Cypress Woods Elementary have made and sold Super Bowl bracelets for the past 16 years to raise money for field trips and fun events.

The colorful bracelets sell for $1 apiece. They celebrate whichever teams are in the big game.

The kids normally sell about 500 of them around town.

But this isn't a normal year.

This year, the hometown Buccaneers are in the Super Bowl.

"We have literally made 2,400 bracelets by hand!" says teacher Tina Koufogazos.

Don't worry, the 12 students in the special needs program didn't have to make all 2,400 bracelets themselves.

"We've had a lot of support from our staff!" laughs Koufogazos.

With the pandemic canceling field trips, the school will use the money raised from the bracelets to buy personalized supplies for each student.

The kids at Cypress Woods also made Kansas City Chiefs bracelets, too. But only a couple hundred of those.

The really big seller celebrates Tom Brady and the hometown team.

Speaking of the Bucs star quarterback, the students and teachers have one big wish.

"Our goal is to get these bracelets on Tom Brady and Gronk!" says Koufogazos, who adds they sent a bunch of bracelets to the team.

The last day to order bracelets is Friday, February 5. You can order them by filling out this form and returning it to the school.