Generous Students, Staff Contribute to Hurricane Relief

State Superintendent of Public Instruction Jack O’Connell visited Gompers Elementary School last week to honor exemplary efforts here to raise donations for Hurricane Katrina victims. He singled out Gompers first grader Joe Aubuchon, who donated his entire savings of $217. The generous youngster had been saving for two years to buy a German shepherd puppy. He decided hurricane victims needed help more than he needed a dog. O’Connell also thanked Gompers for contributing $1,350 so far and praised efforts by students statewide to help alleviate the suffering caused by the powerful hurricane. Schools that have raised funds may contact O’Connell’s office and receive a certificate of recognition as part of the statewide California Kids Care effort to raise hurricane relief funds. The form is available on the California Department of Education website at Link by clicking on the Hurricane Katrina item on the right hand side of the home page and scrolling down to options for downloading the California Kids Care form. The target date for submitting the form is Monday, October 10, although some late submissions will be accepted. The Long Beach Unified School District has accepted 30 students who were displaced from the Gulf Coast, and many schools have already helped with Hurricane Katrina relief: • Sutter raised $3,000, nearly $2 per student, for the Houston Independent School District, which took in thousands of displaced Louisiana students. • Garfield conducted a "Kids Helping Kids" Dollar Donation fundraiser. Many teachers have pledged to match donations brought in by students, and the school has surpassed its $1,000 goal with donations from families and students alone. • Carver students made and sold lemonade at a stand across the street from school to raise funds. Their refreshments brought in $650. • At Poly, students from different clubs are visiting classes and distributing collection buckets to solicit donations. Long Beach firefighters have circulated through the crowd at Poly football games collecting funds. • The grandparents of a student at Burnett have been directly affected by Katrina. Fundraising at the school will be used to purchase and send needed items to them. • Roosevelt is holding a penny drive to support families in need as a result of the hurricanes. Students have raised more than $1,000. • Lakewood sent funds raised to Habitat for Humanity. • The student council at Mann raised $807.59. A check was presented to the American Red Cross at a recent assembly. • A penny drive at Kettering raised $1,537.03 in one week for Hurricane Katrina victims. Third grader Eric Harris donated $225.05 in coins, money he had been saving since he was five for a family trip to Hawaii. • Longfellow students collected $1,593.16 for Hurricane Katrina victims, almost $900 in the first two days alone. The PTA is sponsoring a Harvest Festival in November, with proceeds going to hurricane victims. • McKinley staff and students have raised more than $600 to aid the victims of Hurricane Katrina via the American Red Cross. • Millikan students in the Sweet As Kandee Club donated $500 to relief efforts. The Kidette Team washed cars and raised $600. • Addams raised $2,378.87 for the victims of Hurricane Katrina. • Naples students collected nearly 70 backpacks filled with school supplies, books and small stuffed animals. The backpacks were delivered to an intake center for distribution. • Powell collected $120.75 in donations for the Hurricane Katrina Relief Fund during its annual pancake breakfast and gym dedication. • Renaissance contributed $500 of student store profits to Habitat for Humanity for their hurricane recovery effort and to Best Friends Animal Society Hurricane Relief Fund. • Henry students raised $1,567 for Katrina's relief fund in "Henry's Hurricane Spare Change" drive during the first week of school. Funds went to the American Red Cross. • Cleveland students and teachers collected $1,228 which will be donated to the American Red Cross.