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Volusia Schools Collect Over $117,000
for Katrina Relief Effort
Reaching out to all students, parents and staff members, Volusia
County Schools collected over $117,000 for the Hurricane Katrina Relief Effort.
These dollars, which will be presented to the American Red Cross on behalf of
the entire school district, will be matched by an organization that is choosing
to remain anonymous.
"The compassion shown by our school communities is overwhelming,"
stated Superintendent Margaret Smith. "We have seen incredible generosity
and compassion from our students, parents and employees for the victims of Hurricane
In addition to the district effort, many schools organized events and collection
drives to benefit various local and gulf coast organizations, including:
Atlantic High Students and teachers presented Shark Aid, a variety
show, collecting over $2,100 in donations for the American Red Cross.
Boston Avenue Staff and students sold student-made hurricane
relief buttons in the community raising $900. Diapers and toiletries were also
collected in collaboration with a local church.
Burns-Oak Hill Elementary Students and staff are holding an on-going
penny drive throughout the school year. All money collected will be donated
to Hahnville High School in Louisiana (St. Charles Parish). This school was
adopted for support by New Smryna Beach High School.
Coronado Beach Elementary Students and staff are collecting school
supplies to be donated to Hahnville High School in Louisiana, which was adopted
by New Smyrna Beach High School.
Creekside Middle Students and staff donated school supplies and
DeLand Middle The Student Government Association worked in conjunction
with the Salvation Army collecting food and other items, which were sent to
a Jacksonville shelter for evacuees. Donated clothing was sent directly to the
affected areas. These drives are still continuing. In addition, a benefit jazz/band
concert was held, raising $600 which was donated to the American Red Cross.
Deltona High Various clubs spearheaded the following efforts
HOSA collected clothing, toiletries, school supplies, food and basic
medical supplies which were donated to the American Red Cross; FFA collected
food toiletries, bedding and clothing for an agri-science program in the state
of Mississippi, in addition the FFA alumni sponsored a carwash, collecting $800
to date; Elite donated clothes to the Sheriff's Department; DECA collected
toiletries which will be sent to a local church for distribution; SETA collected
pet food, which was donated to the Louisiana State Veterinary Department; Varsity
Link Crew collected school supplies and items for babies; student government
donated $2 from each homecoming ticket to the district's relief effort (estimated
donation $2,000); JROTC collected toiletries and clothing for the American Red
Cross; National Honor Society collected cash donations for the Salvation Army;
Juniorettes filled twelve backpacks with supplies for students enrolling in
Volusia schools; and a percentage of the proceeds from the school's fall
play will be donated to the American Red Cross.
Deltona Lakes Elementary The school adopted over 30 families
in the small fishing town of LaFitte, Louisiana for continued help until they
are on their feet.
Educational Development Center (district office) Staff members
collected thousands of pounds of pet food and hundreds of dollars, all of which
was donated to the Animal Rescue Need and Intervention Foundation (ARNI).
Freedom Elementary Students and teachers were permitted to wear
crazy hats for one day in exchange for donating money to the American Red Cross.
The school raised $1,330.
George Marks Elementary Students and staff collected supplies
and clothing, which were donated to a DeLand High teacher's National Guard
Unit for distribution to families in Louisiana.
Heritage Middle Over 200 students and teachers participated in
a Bike-A-Thon+ raising over $15,000 for the American Red Cross. The school also
collected and donated a semi-truck full of donated food, hygiene products and
clothing for children.
New Smyrna Beach Middle A teacher donated twelve boxes of cake
mix to the family and consumer science classes, which baked and sold cupcakes,
raising $250. Another teacher and his students held a carwash for teachers using
materials donated by Wal-Mart. A third teacher and his students collected toys
and stuffed animals, which were donated to the Desire Street Ministries, a non-profit
organization in New Orleans.
New Smyrna Beach High The school adopted Hahnville High School
in Louisiana (St. Charles Parish). Collection efforts include school supplies,
school uniforms, toiletries, cash and food. Schools in the Southeast Volusia
area are supporting the high school's efforts. In addition, NSBHS classes
and clubs sponsored a "purple and gold" day, selling Mardi Gras beads,
Cuda stamps, face painting and king cakes to raise money for this project.
Orange City Elementary A third grade class is sponsoring a school
wide "loose change" drive to see how many times they can fill their
classroom piggy bank before winter break. The proceeds will be donated to the
Humane Society Disaster Relief Fund for the pets left behind during the storms.
Pierson Elementary Students and staff collected over 2,500 pounds
of pet food, which was donated to Animal Rescue Need and Intervention Foundation
Pine Ridge High Students and staff presented Light After Darkness
The Katrina Relief Showcase, collecting $1,300 for Church World Services.
Read-Pattillo Elementary Students and staff collected over 1,500
pounds of pet food, which was donated to Animal Rescue Need and Intervention
Seabreeze High The Fellowship of Christian Athletics raised $10,000
in donations for the North American Mission Board and the Sandcrabs (Students
And Neighbors Dedicated to Charity Relief And Benevolent Services) and TAR-Teen-Age
Republicans conducted a food and clothing drive.
Southwestern Middle Students, parents and faculty/staff donated
school supplies and other items to fill 25 backpacks to be shipped to students
in the gulf coast for the "We've Got Your Back" campaign. Southwestern
students wrote special "I'm thinking of you" notes for each backpack
and attached a "cool" keychain.
South Daytona Elementary Students and staff collected over 400
pounds of pet food, which was donated to Animal Rescue Need and Intervention
Spruce Creek Elementary Students collected $400 to help local
relief efforts for animals stranded during the storm.
Spruce Creek High Various clubs spearheaded the following efforts:
Technology Club and French Club conducted a food drive; Psychology Club collected
peanut butter, jelly, bottled water, Gatorade and cereal; National Honor Society
held a car wash and collected hygiene items; the Web III class offered to develop
web sites and logos for local companies/organizations in exchange for donations
to the American Red Cross; and the Digital Design students created and printed
posters to advertise and increase support for the fundraising drive. The ESE
Department collected clothing and cell phones, which were donated to the NAACP
for distribution to Katrina victims.
Sweetwater Elementary In partnership with Aunt Catfish Restaurant
and the Salvation Army, staff and students collected food, water, clothing,
toiletries, and school supplies. Other efforts included a teacher and her intern
who donated two pennies per day for every student who was present and had all
their work complete and no behavioral problems. Fourth grade students hosted
a hurricane dance to raise additional money.
Sunrise Elementary First grade teachers used Scholastic Book
Club Bonus Points to buy 50 books for the first grade children who lost their
homes in Hurricane Katrina. Second graders organized a bake sale to raise funds.
Taylor Middle-High The FFA and FFEA adopted Springfield High
School to support throughout the relief effort, donating water, food, and clothing
to the school. The PTSA donated $250 to the adopted school.