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Rosie O’Donnell Helping School Kids

February 15, 2000

HOLLAND, Mich. (AP) _ Doodles by Rosie O’Donnell and Ewan McGregor could soon draw enough money to help elementary school kids.

A parents group at Lincoln Elementary School is sponsoring an auction of some 60 celebrity doodles with proceeds to benefit school arts programs in this western Michigan city.

The first item up for bids will be a doodle of tools by TV handyman Bob Vila, which was scheduled to appear on eBay beginning Sunday. Forty other pieces will follow in coming weeks and a live auction of 20 of the most prized works go on the block March 25.

``We have absolutely no idea how much we might raise,″ parent Angela Morris, who came up with the fund-raising idea, told The Grand Rapids Press in a Monday’s editions. ``We just figured it would be more fun than selling cookie dough.″

Last spring, students drew pictures of 250 celebrities and parents mailed them out asking for a signed doodle in return.

The first doodled reply, not surprisingly, came from kid-friendly Rosie O’Donnell. She scribbled faces of five students standing behind a sign that said: ``LINCOLN ROCKS!″

Ewan McGregor of ``Star Wars″ also tried to equal second-grader Alan Hanko’s doodle of a light saber in action, while Fred Rogers jotted some musical notes and signed it ``Mister Rogers.″

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