Capri Elementary School in Encinitas donated a whopping amount of 178 pounds of candy to Great Smiles Pediatric Dentistry & Orthodontics’ 1st Annual Halloween Candy Buyback, winning a $500 donation from the practice. Rather than keeping the money won through the Great Smiles buyback, the students and staff of Capri Elementary School have decided to donate all of the money to UNICEF.

“We loved the idea of helping our students maintain their nutrition while also earning additional funds for our contribution to UNICEF,” said Capri Elementary School PTA President, Debbie Caligiuri. “We’re very thankful to Great Smiles for their contributions and are proud that, in total, Capri Elementary will be donating over $2,300 to UNICEF.”

The candy collected by Great Smiles is going to help the Children’s Hospital Emergency Transport (CHET) team at Rady Children’s Hospital. The CHET team is responsible for transporting very ill children between their departing hospital and Rady Children’s Hospital and the candy will be used for nurse care packages that previously were paid for out of pocket.