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Highlanders helping hurricane victims

Posted on: September 28, 2017
5th graders at SPG present check to Matthew 25 Ministries

Springmyer Elementary School

The Springmyer Caring and Sharing Club, lead by librarian Brenda Burman collected financial aid donations for Hurricane Harvey victims in Texas and Hurricane Irma victims in Florida.  The collection ran from Sept. 5 - Sept. 14.  The money will be donated to Matthew 25 Ministries.

On Tuesday, September 26, fifth graders from Springmyer presented a check for $1281 to Matthew 25 Ministries. As a reward for their efforts, all students in grades 1 - 5 received 15 extra minutes of recess.  Kindergarten students received a special treat.  

Zimmer Smith a first-grade student wanted to help with the collection because, “It makes me happy to help the hurricane victims.”

“I am very sensitive when bad things happen and I love helping people,” Samantha Davis, 5th grader shared when asked about the project.

Rapid Run Middle School

The Builders Club, a community service club open to all students, at Rapid Run Middle School is collecting donations for hurricane relief to support families affected by the recent storms in Texas, Florida and Puerto Rico. Students in all grades have been collecting donations from family members, neighbors and friends to support the hurricane victims. So far they’ve collected a dozen boxes of shelf-stable food, personal care items, socks and infant care necessities. Donations will be collected until October 20.

Bridgetown Middle School

Media Center Council and Student Council at Bridgetown Middle School are joining forces to collect money for The Jade Feise Kennel, run by the Feise Family, victims of Hurricane Irma in Florida.

Eighth-grader Bryan Maynard met the Feise Family, who live in Bonita Springs, FL, when his family adopted two of their greyhound dogs, Memphis and Canary, after the dogs retired from their racing careers.

“People don't understand how the dogs are treated at the kennel,” Maynard said. “The dogs are fed three meals a day, given time to play, lots of love and marshmallows (a greyhound’s favorite treat) and they are groomed and bathed regularly. We want more people to get the opportunity to adopt greyhounds because they are really amazing dogs and have amazing personalities,” Maynard added. “That is why this is so important to me.”

The race track in Naples, where the dogs from the kennel run, is closed until further notice due to the damage from the hurricane, however, the track in Miami, where the dogs run has begun racing again and slowly they are returning to normal.

Maynard encouraged his classmates and school to help make a difference for the family and their animals by supporting the kennel the Feise family owns. To date, the school has collected nearly $400 for the kennels.

Donations will be collected until October 18.