Archive for Thursday, October 6, 2005

Students’ efforts aid victims of hurricane

October 6, 2005

Fund-raising efforts for victims of Hurricane Katrina have temporarily stalled in the Basehor-Linwood school district. But more efforts are being planned, administrators said.

Local schools have worked to help those victimized in the Gulf Coast. Tallies of each school's contributions include:

¢ Basehor Elementary School raised more than $1,200, which was donated to the Leavenworth County Salvation Army. The school's donation was the single-largest contribution made to the Salvation Army in Leavenworth County.

¢ Glenwood Ridge Elementary School raised approximately $1,750 and donated the money to the Pass Christian school district in Mississippi.

¢ Basehor-Linwood Middle School donated 10 boxes of "care kits" to Heart to Heart International. The kits were sent last week and should arrive in the Gulf Coast soon.

¢ Linwood Elementary School also gathered care packages and sent them to Pass Christian and the American Red Cross.

¢ Basehor-Linwood High School collected relief items for Katrina victims. In addition, high school students and staff provided gift cards to local stores to three Pass Christian students, who stayed temporarily at the Basehor-area home of relatives.

The Basehor-Linwood district, as a whole, has adopted Pass Christian in hopes of helping the depleted Mississippi school district rebuild in the wake of the hurricane. Last week, Basehor-Linwood administrators reached representatives of Pass Christian.

Local school officials now are trying to determine how they can help Pass Christian further, said Heather Meyer, Basehor-Linwood's communications coordinator. More fund-raising efforts are being planned for Pass Christian, she said.

After residents of the Gulf Coast area began leaving their homes for safer confines, school officials in Basehor-Linwood believed local schools might see enrollment increases. In speaking with administrators and teachers at each school in the district, it was rumored that the school district might see 10 to 15 students from the hurricane-ravaged areas.

As of Monday, no students from the Gulf Coast had enrolled in Basehor-Linwood.

School officials said many of the students who found safe haven in the area, stayed temporarily and have returned home to help in rebuilding efforts.

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