Kids Donate to Other Kids Through CWLA
Kids are naturally attracted to helping out their peers elsewhere in the country whose families have been struck by disaster, or so it would seem from the number of school groups and other youth organizations that organized fundraisers to benefit CWLA's Katrina Kids Fund following hurricanes Katrina and Rita.
In Winchester, Massachusetts, a girls soccer team took a break from the field to hold a Juggle-A-Thon and solicit sponsors, raising $2,035 for CWLA's Katrina Kids fund.
"I gave the girls the freedom to choose whatever charity they'd like, and after narrowing it down, they gladly selected CWLA," said Coach Christopher French. "There were 18 girls involved total, and they all worked really hard to raise the amount of money they did. I was very proud of them."
At Saint Peter and Paul High School in Easton, Maryland, the students wear uniforms every day, but occasionally hold "tag days" on which they can pay $2-3 to wear regular clothes for a day. The money is then donated to a charity chosen by the student club sponsoring the tag day. On Mardi Gras last February, the high school sponsored a tag day that students elected to benefit CWLA. They raised $520.
The largest gift from students on behalf of the Katrina Kids Fund came from the students at Wyoming Elementary School in Wyoming, Minnesota. They held a month-long, school-wide penny drive that yielded $5,000.
Other donations to the fund included a $300 gift from students in Burlingame, California, and a $1,000 donation from a high school in Ontario, Canada.
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