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Friday, June 25, 2010

CCHS students raise thousands for Haiti relief

[Ed note: Neil Lynch is the Haiti Relief Coordinator for the Concord-Carlisle Regional High School.]

Concord-Carlisle Regional High School (CCHS) has raised a grand total of $3,233.44 to assist earthquake relief efforts in Haiti. We are grateful to a number of after-school clubs – including Junior State, the Student Senate, and the Dance Club – and countless students and staff who gave freely of their time, their talent, and their assets to support this worthy cause.

A 7.0 magnitude earthquake struck Haiti on the afternoon of January 12, causing much damage within the region and affecting up to three million people. Some 60 students at CCHS have family in Haiti, a good number of whom were adversely impacted by the quake.

The high school community immediately sprang into action, with students taking the lead, both on their own and through their after-school clubs, to make the community aware of the extent of the disaster and to initiate fundraising efforts. Robin Cicchetti, Head Librarian of the CCHS Learning Commons, provided updated information and images to students via the Learning Common Web Page and in-house technology.

Many students helped organize a series of events to bring in funds. In one event, Junior State took CCHS Principal Peter Badalament to the Library /Learning Commons’ wall and taped him there. The Student Senate sponsored a dance. And the Dance Club, which meets once a week after school, not only organized a special after-school recital for Haiti but contributed a quarter of their annual dues to the cause. In addition, some students worked on their own, like Junior Stephanie Mundel, who organized a group who busily crafted bracelets in Haiti’s national colors, working virtually non-stop to meet the demand.

The funds are being divided between two organizations: Partners in Health, and The St. Boniface Foundation. Both organizations have connections to the Concord-Carlisle communities. ∆

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