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Seward Elementary Students Raise Money for Hurricane Relief

Seward Elementary Students pose with a check showing funds raised for a Texas school district. Photo: Steven Fink
By Michelle Strubeck for Seward City News-

As we know, our country has been hit by a series of natural disasters recently. Many people are in need of help. The students at Seward Elementary felt compelled to help out by raising money for those who were affected by Hurricane Harvey in Houston. It was the students’ idea to raise money for hurricane relief by having a coin drive. Over a two week period, students collected loose change from home and raised a total of $777.00!

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The students recently gathered for a photo opportunity with a check for the funds raised. There were a lot of cheers and the students were excited about the results of the coin drive! Principal Alan Haskins wanted to make sure the money was going to a good cause so he contacted the superintendent of the Houston Independent School District. The superintendent said since they are a large school district they would already be receiving funds. He recommended looking for a smaller school district in need of help. Principal Haskins happened to come across a New York Times article listing smaller school districts in the Houston area that are in need of help. He made contact with the writer of that article and decided that the money raised would be donated to the Alvin Independent School District, a suburb of the Houston area. Haskins has been in contact with the Alvin Independent School District and he said they are grateful a school in Alaska would be doing this. They thanked him for the school’s support.

Principal Haskins went on to say this was a great way for students to give back. It was an uplifting experience for them and while there aren’t any plans to do more fundraising, he is certainly open to it.

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