We wanted all of the money raised to benefit the child victims of the tsunami. We are very proud of what we accomplished, especially since we are a school where 75 percent of our students are economically disadvantaged.
Zoraida L., age 11, California
In our class we read an article in Scholastic News about the tsunami that hit Southeast Asia. It talked about how kids raised money at their schools. A few friends and I started a fund-raiser at our school about two weeks ago, selling drinks and snacks. Our goal was to raise $1,000. The article said a school raised $400, but we raised $1,732.00, and we sent our money to the American Red Cross.
Mr. Griffis's sixth-grade class, Baker County Middle School, Macclenny, Florida
Hi! We are a third-grade class in Massachusetts. Our whole school helped to raise money and we've raised more than $1,000. The sixth-grade class brought in coffee cans and asked, "Can you please put money in the cans for the victims of the tsunami."
Ms. Bredin's third-grade class, Massachusetts
Davidson Academy Lower School students collected new and used shoes of any size for tsunami victims. Our school's Tsunami Sole-Mate Project collected over 3,000 pairs of shoes in just one week. The Sole-Mate Project concluded with a Prayer of Dedication followed by every student carrying shoes from their hallway to collection boxes in the lobby. The shoes were then given to Grace Baptist Church to be shipped to the tsunami victims.
Savannah P., age 10, Tennessee
We are having a "penny war." At the end of the week we count the money and donate it to victims of the tsumami.
Miranda H., age 13, New York
Sixth Grade Montessori School
My name is Sarah and I go to Montessori Community School. Each classroom had three grades in it. Room 302 has fourth, fifth and sixth grades. I am a sixth-grader in room 302. Our class was very devastated about the tsunami. We had a meeting and decided to hold a fund-raiser. There were lots of baked goods; there was also hot chocolate and coffee, scarves, drawings, bookmarks, keychains, fruit, and other drinks. We sold three times a day for one week. There was a group of children who got together in their neighborhood and went door to door, selling things. They raised more than $240. Counting that money that they donated to us, our class and rooms 301 and 303 have raised more than $1,600! It will all go to the tsunami victims.
Fourth Graders in Quincy, Massachusetts
We would like to let Scholastic News Edition 4 know how our school helped the tsunami victims. On Friday, January 11, the fourth grade hosted a bake sale. All donations went to help the tsunami victims. We raised $455.80.
The fourth-graders at Lincoln-Hancock Community School
My friends thought of a group and it's called The Tsunami Cleanup. We are going to get our whole school to donate things like clothing, food, toys, and bandages. We hope that a lot of kids do this.
Abby H., 11, Virginia
Our school, Kelly Creek Elementary in Gresham, Oregon, is collecting coins to give to the effort to help the people affected by the tsunami. As of January 11, we have received $715.20! Our hearts go out to the people there, and we want to help in any way we can.
Dina K., 9, Oregon
My school had some green jugs in different spots of the school. Students put up posters to help the tsunami victims. In the lunchroom people donated their extra money to go to the tsunami victims. If we had some snack money, or even a dollar, we skipped snack for a day to help out in Asia.
Katie M., 11, Massachusetts
Our class in Sandia Base, New Mexico, is filling a water jug [with coins] to raise money to send.
Marie W., 12, New Mexico
I am a first-grade teacher at Brittan Elementary School in Sutter, California. I decided to start a spare-change collection at our school to give the students an opportunity to help those so far away. The children went home and asked family and friends for donations. Spare coins are coming in left and right. We still have another week to go and then all our donations will be given to the Red Cross! To date, we have more that $200 collected!
Elke K., California
Our students decided to bring a sack lunch to school last Friday and donate their usual hot-lunch money to students in the tsunami regions. We raised $1,360.
Bobby S., Illinois
At Beaver Meadow Elementary School in Concord, New Hampshire, we held a Coin Harvest to raise money to help people in Asia and Africa. We invited all students to harvest coins and bring them to school so we can help others in need. "Look under the couch cushions, in the car, near the laundry, bring in coins donated by friends and family," we told everyone. We have raised more than $1,000 so far. This money will be matched 2-to-1 by a local company, so we are really making a difference!
Seneth W., 10, New Hampshire
I had an idea that if all 30 students in my class at Pleasant Ridge Elementary recycled 50 cans and brought in the money, we could raise $150. My teacher thought the whole school should get involved, so my mom and I organized a "spare change" fund-raiser. We raised $2,600, which we donated to the Red Cross! That's a whole lot more than I thought we would raise!
John T., 9, Michigan
When students returned to Our Lady of Lourdes, a Catholic school in Long Island, New York, this year, many of them had the tsunami on their minds. Some of them had seen maps of where the tsunami had struck, and many had been watching the news at home.
"They were very anxious to come back and talk about it," said Elyse Scarfogliero, a fourth-grade teacher at Our Lady of Lourdes.
One of Ms. Scarfogliero's students brought money in on the first day, asking if the class could start a fund. A number of students and parents had similar questions for the school's staff. The school decided to allow each grade to work on a project of their choosing. The funds raised by students are going to the Red Cross and Catholic Relief Services.
One group of kindergarten students created inventions to sell. Another group is raising money by doing extra chores at home (the students call it KinderCares). Second-grade students are holding a cookie sale, while fourth-graders are selling crafts and collecting loose change. Fifth-graders are holding a class raffle, and other grades are collecting money from students.
"Kids are proud," Ms. Scarfogliero said, "[The class projects] give them ownership."
To date, Ms. Scarfogliero's fourth-grade class has raised a total of $255 for tsunami relief efforts.
Dedicated to Service
Tsunami relief is not the only service project the class has taken on this school year. They wrote letters to four military units in Iraq and have sent them supplies.
"They are used to it," said Ms. Scarfogliero. "As a school, we're always looking for things we can do in the community."
A Fifth Grader in Up State New York
Rebecca Dibble, 10, was watching the tsunami-disaster coverage on the news and wanted to do something to help. Her mom suggested that they make a donation, but Rebecca didn't think sending a check was enough. "Sending money was too easy," recalls Rebecca.
"I felt very sorry for the people in Asia and I wanted to help," says the fifth-grader. With her family's help, the Rebecca Relief Effort was formed. The idea was to send care packets with items covering basic needs to the people recovering from the horrible tragedy. The care packets include items such as toothpaste, washcloths, combs, toothbrushes, soap, and bandages. With the help of the Church World Service organization, the items will be shipped to the tsunami-hit areas in Asia.
Rebecca rallies support for contributions by speaking to different local organizations in her area of Binghamton, New York. She sends flyers to different schools in her area asking classes to pitch in to help. She also places flyers in the windows of businesses in town. Rebecca is confident that she will be able to collect her goal of 1,000 care packets by the middle of February.
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