Stark County students and educators raised roughly $9,000 in monetary donations (so far) as well as collected hundreds of clothes, books and even baby wipes for the families devastated by the storms.
Students across Stark County joined efforts nationwide to send money, supplies and other aid to the victims of the recent hurricanes that primarily struck Texas, Florida and Puerto Rico.
Collectively, Stark County students and educators raised roughly $9,000 in monetary donations (so far) as well as collected hundreds of clothes, books and even baby wipes for the families devastated by the storms. A few of the efforts remain ongoing.
Some of the local school efforts included:
– McKinley High School Student Council members chose to donate $1 from each homecoming ticket sold, for a total of $897. The money will be sent to the American Red Cross to provide support to the area of greatest need.
– McKinley’s Positive Behavior Interventions and Supports team is hosting a penny war to collect money for the relief efforts that continued through this week.
– Stone Elementary raised $827 through two fundraisers last month for hurricane relief. The fundraisers included allowing staff to donate $10 to dress more casually for a week (raised $345) and a penny war for students in the building ($482 raised). The money was sent to the American Red Cross.
– Early College Academy teacher Ruth Oldroyd collected $200 from Souers Middle School students and staff that was donated to the American Red Cross’ Disaster Relief Fund.
– Worley Elementary raised $546 through a coin drive held on two Thankful Thursdays where students wore silly socks and hats and brought money in for hurricane relief.
– Harter Elementary will continue to collect donations through Wednesday. The school’s parent-teacher organization also has agreed to match donations up to $500. The school plans to adopt a school through DonorsChoose.org based on how much money students raise.
– Uniontown Elementary students collected more than 700 books, and some monetary donations, to donate to students at Shadydale Elementary, a school of roughly 1,000 students in kindergarten through fifth-grade located near Houston. The students also sent along letters of encouragement that they wrote.
– High School students collected gently used and new spirit gear, including T-shirts, sweatpants and sweatshirts, to send to people in Houston.
– Lake High School sophomore class officers held a bake sale fundraiser over two days and raised $268 that was donated to the American Red Cross’ Disaster Relief Fund.
– Washington High Student Council members coordinated an effort in cooperation with the Ohio High School Athletic Association and several student organizations to collect donations from students during lunch times and at a football game. They raised $1,866 and put together a box of clothing items reflective of different groups and sports in Massillon.
– Massillon Junior High Student Council members recently started a change drive to collect funds for a school in Texas.
– The Massillon baseball team sent 35 shirts they had from a previous camp to Houston after coach Spike Ridgley saw a Twitter post that the University of Houston was collecting clothing for hurricane victims.
– Districtwide, elementary and middle school teachers/school buildings collected supplies after adopting classrooms in Texas and Florida.
– Perry High's Student Council and adviser Debby Warstler led a collection drive during the Sept. 8 home football game that generated $550 that has been donated to Texas City Independent School District, where families sustained significant losses due to Hurricane Harvey.
– Schools districtwide collected more than 15 barrels of nonperishable food and cleaning supplies that were donated to the Akron Canton Regional Foodbank to help the foodbank replenish its pantries after it sent three trucks loads of food and supplies to Texas.
– Frazer and Barr elementary schools sent school supplies to classrooms in Texas that they adopted.
– Oakwood Middle School established a Hurricane Harvey Relief Club initiated by eighth-grade student Elaina Norris and teachers JoAnne Addessi and Zach Marzilli. The club has met weekly throughout September to organize fundraising events for a partner school in Hitchcock, Texas. Collectively, the club has raised $1,800 for the school that will be used to replenish school supplies for the students.
– Sandy Valley's Teen Leadership Corps Cardinal Volunteer Class collected more than 550 packages of baby wipes for the victims of Hurricane Harvey through a partnership with eight other school districts in Ohio. The collective effort gathered enough items to send two truckloads to Texas.
– Tuslaw High School students in teacher Dan Edgein’s American Studies classes raised nearly $400 through two separate fundraisers where students who donated $1 could wear a hat or ripped jeans and staff could dress more casually. Some of the money was donated to Houston Texan defensive end J.J. Watt’s fund for Hurricane Harvey victims and the rest was donated to the American Red Cross for Puerto Rico.
St. Thomas Aquinas and Central Catholic high schools
– St. Thomas Aquinas and Central Catholic joined efforts during their rivalry game in September and collected donations for hurricane relief to the National Catholic Education Association through the program, Student to Student. During the game, fans from both sides donated money, totaling $727.
– Central Catholic students in the school’s theology classes, led by its campus ministry team, are holding a special collection for relief efforts over the next two weeks. Students have been giving donations during all-school masses this fall. Central Catholic also has partnered with Catholic Relief Services to participate in a schoolwide project to learn more about relief efforts and has been named a Catholic Relief Services Global School, which allows students to participate in various projects with a global impact. One of this year’s global impact projects will be focused on hurricane relief efforts.
St. Paul Catholic School
– Four second-graders – Gia Remark, Georgie Letosky, Evelyn Blood and Anna Pitcher – raised more than $1,000 by manning a lemonade stand. The girls split the money between the Diocese of Youngstown/Catholic Charities relief efforts and friends of the Remark family who were dislocated after the storm.
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