Tsunami relief from BJHS
In an effort to help tsunami victims, the Frontier League middle schools worked together to raise $11,038.54, which was presented to Heart to Heart International.
On Tuesday, Wellsville Middle School Principal Dennis Cox presented Jon North, HHI CEO, a check for the money raised by the league schools.
The league principals held a meeting in January, and decided to get involved in raising awareness and money for the disaster in Southeast Asia.
The 13 principals returned to their schools and thought up different fund-raising ideas. Baldwin Junior High School set a jar out for students to drop money in during the week of Jan. 24-28.
BJHS Principal Connie Wright said the students raised nearly $500, and she was happy with the effort.
"We wanted to try and help the children understand the world and help educate," Wright said. "I was pleased, and I thought we did a good job."
After all of the money was raised and collected, the league sent a check to Heart to Heart International, which is located in Olathe. Heart to Heart's principal is to serve all people regardless of race, religion or political beliefs.
Laura McCall, BJHS student council sponsor, said she was proud of the students for giving money, especially since it was just after the holiday season.
"I'm always proud of our fund-raising efforts," McCall said. "I just think the kids really come out for things like this. I know it's always hard to give money after the holidays, especially because churches were asking for money also."
BJHS Assistant Principal Joe Gresnick said that everybody should be helping others in times of crisis.
"Everybody needs to learn how to share in a time of need," Gresnick said. "Everybody needs to help those people."
McCall also said giving money to the tsunami survivors makes the students more aware of world problems.
"I think that it makes us aware of those disasters," McCall said. "Mother nature affects us all, and it was so unexpected. A lot of our kids were touched by this."