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Elizabethtown students lending a helping hand to Haiti victims

Feb 23rd, 2010 | By | Category: Front Page, News

noid-RedCross_CheckPresentation2February 22, 2010— Seventh graders from Elizabethtown Area Middle School recently raised over $1,067 for the international relief effort underway in earthquake-ravaged Haiti. At a special assembly held on Feb. 18, the students presented a check to Michael Lambert, volunteer and board member with the American Red Cross of the Susquehanna Valley, with a check to be used to help the victims of the disaster.

The students collected the money during a two-week fundraising effort that kicked off in late-January. The school designated the funds to be used to purchase clean drinking water. In total, the school’s donation will purchase around 1,778 gallons of water. According to the Red Cross, it takes $.34 for a half-liter bottle and $.60 for a gallon of water. The American Red Cross is currently providing 1.2 million liters of water to nearly 300,000 people a day in the country.

Sheila Stephanis, seventh grade mathematics teacher, coordinated the effort with help from student teachers Megan Momenzadeh (Elizabethtown College) and Derek Shugar (Millersville University).

Photo caption- Representatives of Elizabethtown Area Middle School proudly present a check for $1,067.06 to Michael Lambert of the American Red Cross of the Susquehanna Valley. From left, first row, Sheila Stephanis, Jacob Gubbins, Shakira McCollum, Michael Lambert. Second row Austin Ovens, Ian Frost, Nick Sweigart, Christian Wieand, Greg Wilson, Kylee Winsett, Alysha Painter, Jenna Powell.

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