Photo: Pull Tabs for Ronald

BUTCH MERIWETHER/Courtesy

BUTCH MERIWETHER/Courtesy

Ronald McDonald raises his arms with excitement while speaking with students at Cerbat Elementary recently. He took time out of his busy schedule of touring around the U.S. to visit the children and talk with them about the importance of reading and also to accept the almost 900,000 pull tabs donated to the Las Vegas Ronald McDonald House by the Kingman Elks Lodge, Kingman Auto Recycling Center and the 600-plus students of Cerbat Elementary. The 584-pound donation, 464 pounds by the Elks and Kingman Auto Recycling Center and 120 pounds by Cerbat students, came about after an article appeared in the Miner last year highlighting the efforts of then 4-year-old Anthony Cardova collecting pull tabs for Ronald McDonald House Charities. Cerbat conducted a pull-tab drive during April and collected 176,640 pull tabs. The 19 third-graders in Mrs. Deanna Klein's class took top honors by donating 9.6 pounds or 14,131 pull tabs, and the fourth-grade class of Claudia Rozelle came in a close second with 7.2 pounds or 10,598 pull tabs. Ms. Erwin was on hand to represent the Kingman McDonald's and to give certificates for free meals at the local McDonald's for the class that collected the most pull tabs.