Students help earthquake victims with Quarters for Quakes

Crumbled buildings in Port-au-Prince, Haiti, after the

Armed with a catchy name and an ambitious goal, Las Animas
Elementary School students plan to kick off Quarters for Quakes
Thursday to help raise money for the disaster relief effort in
Haiti.
Armed with a catchy name and an ambitious goal, Las Animas Elementary School students plan to kick off Quarters for Quakes next week to help raise money for the disaster relief effort in Haiti.

Last week, several fourth and fifth grade students approached Principal Silvia Reyes with their plan of action, Reyes said. One of the children is from Santo Domingo in the Dominican Republic and has family members who were affected by the massive earthquake that struck Haiti Jan. 12 about 10 miles southwest of Port-au-Prince, the nation’s capital.

“The kids wanted to do something that will make a difference,” Reyes said.

Although the fundraiser’s name mentions quarters specifically, the children will be collecting any kind of monetary donation. They plan to roll out their drive with an assembly next Thursday. The project will be school-wide and the organizers mentioned a goal of $50 for each of the school’s 32 classrooms, or about $1,600.

Reyes was careful to point out that the idea came directly from the students, not the teachers or administration.

“Being a good citizen means not just being a good citizen of Gilroy but being a good citizen of the world,” she said.

Other local nonprofits and businesses are also accepting donations that they will pass along to the relief effort.

Oxfam

www.oxfamamerica.org

UNICEF

www.unicefusa.org

Burlington Coat Factory

6900 Chestnut St.

Donations will be collected through February 17th to support the American Red Cross Haiti Relief and Development Fund

Donations can also be made directly at www.redcross.org

Seton Institute

P.O. Box 140182, St. Louis, Mo., 63114, Attn: Haiti Earthquake Relief, Daughters of Charity

Seton Institute will send 100% of donations to the Daughters of Charity sisters in Haiti

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