OREM — Students of Liahona Preparatory Academy raised more than $11,000 from selling cookie dough and demolishing an old car. Students bought tickets to hit the car. The money is being sent to assist orphans in Mexico, said spokeswoman Cheryl Karr.

Total donations for the program have exceeded $50,000 through the five-year-old nonprofit Liahona Foundation, she said.

Liahona is assisting three Mexican orphanages. This summer students are planning a trip to Mexico to work with the orphans and help repair buildings. Additionally, Home Depot is providing a grant of $3,000.

PROVO — A three-day writing rally held recently with Meridian's Lower School students included an unusual twist — songwriting.

The rally is a Meridian tradition that goes back more than a decade, said spokeswoman Kris Crowther, and included guest speakers and workshops that took elementary-age students step-by-step through the writing process. This year's theme was "Write Along, Sing a Song."

Local guest singer-songwriters included Sam Payne and Cheri Call. Both belong to the Timpanogos Singer/Songwriter Alliance.