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Chatham schools reach out to hurricane victims

Posted Thursday, September 22, 2005

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Chatham County, NC - Schools across Chatham County have used the Hurricane Katrina disaster as an opportunity to share their generosity with those affected by the hurricane.

The Bennett School Junior Beta Club placed a bucket in every classroom for two weeks to collect money that will be donated to the American Red Cross for families and victims. The school raised $802.07 in ten days. Guidance counselor Sally Murchison commented how proud the school was of its students and families for being so generous. She noted that the project was especially meaningful to several members of the club who attended the national Junior Beta Club convention this past summer in New Orleans where they participated in national level events.

Students and staff at Chatham Central High School collected $2,193.34 over a four day period to send to the American Red Cross for hurricane relief efforts. The school collected contributions during third period classes September 13-16. The Student Council, Junior and Senior Beta Clubs, DECA, FCCLA, and FCA sponsored the drive. One of the school's digital communications systems classes prepared a video of the Katrina destruction. On Tuesday, September 20, the video was played in the student commons at a station under the direction of student media assistants. The Culinary Arts Department donated homemade pizza for the third period classes of Mrs. Angelacci and Mrs. Wainwright, whose students had the highest donation amounts. The students will enjoy the pizza lunch on Friday, September 23.

The staff and PTSA of Horton Middle School made a cash donation to a family that came to Pittsboro from the area affected by Katrina. The Horton Student Council will donate the proceeds from six dollar admission for its first school dance to the American Red Cross. That dance is scheduled for September 30 in the school multipurpose room and is for Horton students only.

The Junior Beta Club of J.S. Waters School has organized and sponsored a schoolwide collection for victims of hurricane Katrina. Parents and students collected $851.07 between September 6 and September 9. The Salvation Army will use the money to replace medicines and medical supplies that were destroyed during the hurricane. The club is comprised of twenty-one seventh and eighth graders. Faculty club sponsors Robbie Sirls and Autumn Oldham and guidance counselor Judy Peele worked with the club during the hurricane relief efforts.

Various clubs at Jordan-Matthews High School have done Katrina fundraising and supply collections. The school plans to combine the donations and give them to the American Red Cross.

Moncure School students, staff and parents have collected money for Hurricane Katrina victims.
Their donations totaled over $800. An anonymous friend of the school offered to match the funds raised. The grand total for Moncure School was $1645.21. The Moncure collection was sent to the
American Red Cross.

At North Chatham School sixth graders have initiated a fundraising effort. They will be selling paw prints for the school's "Walk to New Orleans." The idea was the brainchild of sixth graders who met, came up with ideas and then drafted a letter to go home to North Chatham families. Principal Carrie Little commented, “They have been wonderful!”

Teachers at an elementary and a middle school in Jefferson Parish, Louisiana, will benefit from the thoughtfulness of students and staff at SAGE Academy. The students are sending encouragement cards and goodie bags to the teachers, who are preparing for students to return to school in the near future. SAGE plans to continue to support the two schools, which are Paeidia schools like SAGE, throughout the school year through emails, being penpals, and finding ways to combine elements of their academic study.

Siler City Elementary School has been collecting money for the NC Disaster Relief Fund and for two staff member's children who lived in New Orleans and Biloxi. The money will be divided in thirds.
The N.C. Helping Neighbors Fund is managed by the Governor's Office in partnership with United Way of North Carolina. There is no administrative cost associated with the fund, and 100 percent of the donated funds will go to the victims.

From September 2-9 Silk Hope School collected items for individuals affected by Katrina. The student council led the effort that was coordinated by Jennifer Jourdan, a teacher. The donated items filled half of a Wal-Mart tractor trailer and were taken to a distribution center in Charlotte for the Hearts with Hands organization.

On Friday, September 2, central office staff held a casual dress day for hurricane relief. Employees who chose to wear casual attire were asked to make a donation to the American Red Cross. The office collected a total of $604 for those affected by Katrina.

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