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Silk Hope School reaches out to Tsunami victims

Posted Saturday, February 5, 2005

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Silk Hope School set a goal of $1,000 to send to the children and families devastated by the Indonesian Tsunami on December 26, 2004. The school reached its goal within the first three days of collections and finished with a total of $2486.42 to send to the American Red Cross.

Staff found ways to incorporate the international tragedy into classroom lessons. Students studied about the tsunami in social studies and wrote about the culture in language arts.

The Character Education Program emphasizes the importance of helping neighbors who lived far away as well as next door. The character traits of kindness, respect, and responsibility studied earlier in the year were integrated with the project. Guidance counselor Judy Peele coordinates the program and was instrumental in the tsunami project.

Volunteers from the Silk Hope School PTA collected the money, often in ziploc bags filled with coins. Many children donated their snack money for a day. One student donated $60 of her own money. Creative ideas abounded with one first grader suggesting a school hallway lemonade sale. A bulletin board in the cafeteria kept a growing record of the daily donations so all could see how quickly a committed group's efforts can make a difference.

“Youth sometimes get criticized for being self-serving. I'm proud of our Silk Hope students for contradicting the stereotype,” said Principal Rob Tharp. He made similar comments to the school population over the intercom.

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