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Biddeford Middle School and Biddeford High School Raise Funds

Students and teachers at Biddeford’s Middle and High Schools have raised more than $1,200 for disaster relief in Haiti.

According to a January 29, 2010, news item in The Portland Press Herald,

the World Language teachers at the middle school coordinated a bake and cocoa sale that raised $500.  The At Work Current Global Issues class at the middle school led a donation campaign that raised $330.  At Biddeford High School, the National Honor Society solicited $450 in donations.  The funds

will go to Doctors Without Borders.

Maine Middle and Junior High Schools Partnering With Garen L. Cole Disaster Relief Fund

Bucksport Middle School, Ellsworth Elementary-Middle School, Hermon Middle School,  Leonard Middle School - Old Town, Lubec Consolidated, Oxford Hills Middle School, Reeds Brook Middle School - Hampden, William Cohen Middle School - Bangor, Vinalhaven School, Winslow Jr. High School have partnered with the Garen L. Cole Disaster Relief Fund to raise money for Haiti.  The Garen L. Cole Foundation will match the funds raised up to $2, 500 per school.


Harrison Middle School in Yarmouth Is Selling Paper Hearts for Haiti

The Student Leadership Team at Harrison Middle School in Yarmouth is conducting a fund raiser for the children of Haiti - They are selling paper hearts that can be purchased for $1,$5, $10 or $20.  The goal is to raise $2010.00 by Thursday, Feb. 11th.  The money raised will be going to 'Save the Children' which is providing food, water, medicine and child protection teams to the more than 2 million children affected by the earthquake.  So far over $1700.00 has been raised.  If you would like to purchase a heart or make a tax deductible donation please write a check to:  Frank Harrison Middle School (earmarked for Save the Children) and mail it to 221 McCartney St., Yarmouth, ME  04096

Marshwood Middle School in Eliot Raised $1,000 for Haiti

Marshwood Middle School in Eliot conducted a hat drive and raised $1,000

for Life and Hope Haiti.

Bonny Eagle Middle School in Buxton, Maine, raised $1386.04 for Red Cross

(Please see separate webpage on this site for photos of their project)

Bonny Eagle Middle School in Buxton, Maine, raised $1386.04.  A huge collection water jug in the library and a "Hats for Haiti" day where students that wore hats paid $1.00, were the means of raising money. Two students on their own time ran a bake sale at their local church and donated the $99.00 proceeds to the total given by the school. Students and staff gave whatever they could: pennies, nickels, dimes quuarters, bills and checks. The monies were donated in person to David Thompson, CEO of the American Red Cross Southern Maine chapter, who came to the school for a presentation that took place on the Bonny Eagle Middle School's morning news program which is broadcast live to the entire school.

Eighth Graders at Forest Hills Consolidated School Raise $3,000 and Still Looking for More

Andrew McKendry is the 8th grade advisor at Forest Hills Consolidated School in Jackman, Maine.  He shared that “The 8th grade (all 15 of them), through the organizational efforts of Alan Duplessis and Charles O'Brien have raised over $3,000 to date. They plan to give the money to the Maine Haitian Ministries ( http://www.mainehaitianministries.org/ ) to disperse the funds when they are done. The individuals that run Maine Haitian Ministries have ties to Jackman and Mr. Duplessis and Mr. O'Brien suggested them as a worthy organization to make use of the money. The 8th grade goal for the fund raising is $5,000.”

Sixth Grade Students in Ms. Marilyn Curtis’s Class at Philip W. Sugg School Make Friendship Bracelets

Ms. Marilyn Curtis,  a 6th grade teacher at the Philip W. Sugg Middle School in Lisbon

Falls, Maine shared what the  6th graders did for the Relief Fund. She commented that she

has always done community service with her students and  “When we heard of the disaster in Haiti, we immediately went to work.  With resources bought by myself and parents, the entire 6th grade made over 300 Friendship Bracelets in one week which we sold at a dollar a piece. Friendship bracelets were chosen, because you could wear them to remind you of the children in Haiti. The students made over $300 which is being matched by the Cole Foundation in Bangor. This was given to the American Red Cross Haitian Fund.   I am very proud of our students who worked very hard in making these bracelets and selling them. They are always willing to help others.”

Eighth Graders at the Forest Hills Consolidated School in Jackman

Massabesic Middle School Student Council Raises Over $2,000

The Student Council at Massabesic Middle School in Waterboro raised over $2,000 for the Red  Cross.

Westbrook Middle School Student Council Raises $1,200

Westbrook Middle School Student Council raised $1,200 for the

Red Cross from a dance and coin drive.

Camden Rockport Middle School Conducts Two Fundraising Efforts, One of Which is Ongoing  

Two of the students at Camden Rockport Middle School, who are aware of an orphanage in Haiti, collected checks and cash via a collection in the school office in the week following the earthquake.  $289.44 was collected through this fundraising.

The week after this initial collection was finished, Camden Rockport Middle School began a t-shirt fundraising.  A local artist, Carrie Hedstrom, designed a very special "Hope for Haiti" t-shirt that the school is selling through CRMS.  They are priced at $20 with all profits going to World Vision Online-Haiti Disaster Relief (www.worldvision.org).  $15 from each sale goes to this organization to sponsor a child affected by the earthquake in Haiti.  Students, staff and community members have bought these t-shirts and many of the girls at school have been seen wearing their t-shirt proudly around school!

So far the students have raised $450 (net) on shirt sales and they were able to sponsor a child from Haiti for an entire year!  His name is Williamson and he celebrated his 7th Birthday earlier in February.  Artist Carrie Hedstrom has said "I am overwhelmed by the support and enthusiasm of the students, faculty and parents."

Lubec Consolidated School - Fifth and Sixth Graders Raise Money For Red Cross

Students in the fifth and sixth grade who are taught by Ms. Molly Avery at the Lubec Consolidated School held a week-long fundraiser that raised over $850.00 for the American Red Cross.  This money was matched by Cole's Transportation Museum. The funds were donated to help directly with the rebuilding of Haiti. Ms. Avery said, “I am pleased and proud of my students for coming up with the idea all on their own and showing such empathy for others in need.”

Falmouth Middle School 

Speared headed by Pat Wright, Guidance Counselor Falmouth Middle School students have been collecting funds for Konbit Sante, to give the students a local connection and a Maine based charity to donate to. Involved students had the opportunity to see an interview with the director on the 207 section of Channel 6 website, and also a Youtube video about their work, and regular updates of their work with earthquake survivors going on now.  

A representative from Konbit Sante, who is currently in Haiti, will be coming to Falmouth Middle School to speak with staff and students who are involved in this project and receive the check for funds they have collected. 

Ways the students earned the funds: 

Pay a dollar (or whatever you can contribute) to wear slippers to school.   

Pay a dollar (or whatever you can contribute) to wear a hat to school.  

Popcorn sales  

Students made duct tape flower pens and pencils and are selling them. 

8th grade students in a number of homerooms paid to eat lunch with their teachers in their homerooms.