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February 2, 2010

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MRH Students and Staff Raise Funds for Haiti Relief Efforts

The students and staff at the Maplewood Richmond Heights School District have a long history of volunteerism and showing support for people in need. In fact, the district has embraced this spirit in many ways, including launching the very successful Joe’s Place program, which addresses the needs of homeless students. Now, in the wake of the disaster in Haiti, students and staff have once again taken up the cause and are raising funds and provisions for the victims of the earthquake. Here’s a summary of some of the efforts:

MRH High School

The Student Council is reaching out to an unlikely partner in the cause – local rival Brentwood High School. The two schools will be meeting at the Feb. 4 basketball game at MRH. One hundred percent of the regular admissions cost will be donated to The American Red Cross and visitors will be asked to bring donations of supplies to the game. The two schools will also collaborate on a T-shirt that will be sold to raise funds. Also at MRH High School, students in the National Honor Society are conducing a fundraising project during the week of Feb. 1 that focuses on the issue of homelessness. All money collected will be donated evenly towards The American Red Cross and Gateway Homeless Services.
GET INVOLVED: Contact Steve Edler, Kelly Metcalf or Emillee Harris.

MRH Middle School

Students at the MRH Middle School will be announcing a talent show fundraiser. The show will be Friday, March 12. Solo and group acts. Song, comedy and dance. Whatever goes to help raise funds for relief efforts. Students vote on the winning act by placing donations in corresponding voting jars. Additionally, SSD teacher Kadi Compere, herself originally from Haiti, is selling bracelet kits. Proceeds go to help the efforts.
GET INVOLVED: Contact Kadi Compere or Lindsay Rogalsky

MRH Elementary

Third graders Logan MacDonald, Christian Adams, and Cole O'Brien and fourth grader Anna Izaguirre are spearheading a project at the elementary that began Jan. 21 and that will end on Valentines Day. Every day at morning assembly, they make an appeal to their classmates in a project known as “Show Your Love for Haiti.” All donations will be sent to the St. Louis Project for Haiti.
GET INVOLVED: Contact Katie Drury

MRH Early Childhood Center

Two first grade classes are spearheading the efforts at the MRH Early Childhood Center. They students are holding a spirit week that launched Feb. 1. During the “Help Out Haiti” week, they will ask classmates to donate at dollar to participate in the fun activities like Hat Day and PJ Day. Parent Dale Chambers, a representative of the American Red Cross, helped kick off the week.
GET INVOLVED: Contact Kelly Hupp or Laura Brasses

For more information, contact MRH School District at (314) 644-4400.