Schools organized activities to help the victims of the earthquake in Haiti. Following are descriptions of the projects, which were submitted by school personnel.
Bridges Community Academy
Students have been collecting money through a penny war.
Hopewell-Loudon High School students Shiloh Sauber (left) and Jocelyn Black are pictured with items the student council collected for Haiti relief.
Calvert Catholic and Tiffin City schools
The International Cultural Center has organized a city-wide collection for Haiti.
Calvert Catholic Schools is participating in the "Help for Haiti" program with schools in Tiffin. Calvert's proceeds are to benefit Catholic Relief Services. An eighth-grader volunteered to place collection jars in each classroom and to count the donations received. The student council is selling "Hugs for Haiti," which are small bags of candy with a message, and all proceeds are going to the collection for Haiti. Students are including the victims of the earthquake and the relief workers in their daily prayers.
Tiffin City Schools joined forces with the International Cultural Center and sponsored a coin drive. All proceeds from Tiffin City Schools are to be given to the American Red Cross for the Haitian relief effort. Fundraising is ongoing, but the district collected more than $5,500 as of Monday.
More than 45 Carey High School students signed up to donate blood Jan. 27 and collected 38 viable units of blood, a Carey High School student record. The FFA chapter's helping Haiti event in collaboration with the blood drive collected more than $75 to send to Haitians in need. The money is to be sent along with a $100 donation from Carey FFA and $130 collected through a teachers' jeans day to assist the efforts made by the American Red Cross in Haiti.
McPherson Middle School's student council is conducting a penny drive and has collected several hundred dollars.
Fostoria High School's National Honor Society and student council collected $200 in loose change for the Red Cross.
Fostoria Middle School's National Junior Honor Society chapter collected items for health kits to be provided to United Methodist Committee on Relief. The chapter collected items throughout the week, and a money collection was added. The student body was challenged to donate $200 by the Friday assembly, and if the goal was met, three teachers would eat worms during the assembly. The goal was exceeded, and three teachers ate gummy worms.
Riley Elementary School fourth- and fifth-graders had a "Kiss a Cow" contest in order to raise money. Students and staff brought in money to place in the teacher's bucket they wanted to see kiss Dobbin, a 3 1/2-month old Guernsey calf. Riley raised $460.54, which was donated to the American Red Cross' Haiti relief efforts. Riley students also are doing a supply drive.
Hopewell-Loudon students donated a truckload of goods to the ISOH/IMPACT's warehouse in Waterville. The entire school building raised
more than $475 through a hat day.
The Lakota High School National Honor Society is to be donating $500 to the American Red Cross Haiti relief and development fund. The funds were raised through the group's annual Little Caesar pizza fundraiser. The students unanimously voted to donate $500 of the $630 profit from this sale. High school students also have been collecting their spare change. The school has collected $21.31.
Lakota Middle School's student council had a dance for students in January. The student council and its adviser met and discussed the situation in Haiti. At that time, the student council decided to donate $300, which was more than was raised at the dance. The money was donated to the Red Cross chapter in Fremont. Lakota elementary students are doing a drive called "Have a Heart for Haiti," which largely was student-run and organized.
Old Fort's elementary, junior high and high school student councils have raised more than $1,000 for the American Red Cross.
Student council members and advisers organized a fundraiser called a "dime stall" in which members of the program bring in dimes for their instructor to count, stalling the class until the change has been counted. The class raising the most money within a 10-day span is to be awarded a pizza party. Sentinel's project is in cooperation with the International Cultural Center, and funds are to be donated to the Red Cross.
A vocational classroom has been recycling for the past three years. This year, it was decided to use money from recycling aluminum cans for the relief effort. The class had 31 pounds of aluminum, which raised $15.50. Highway 101, which is where the cans were taken for recycling, matched the donation.
Two students at Upper Sandusky Middle School organized a penny drive during a lunch period and raised more than $100 to be given to the Red Cross.