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Hearts for Haiti

Bret Harte Middle School
photo courtesy of Bill Watson Payne

Kids at Oakland’s Bret Harte Middle School are showing their love this month by raising money for victims of the earthquake in Haiti. So far, they have raised more than $700 for Oxfam, according to teachers at the school. Each heart represents a student’s contribution.

At Oakland School for the Arts, Graciela Olguin and her classmates organized an online art sale to raise money for the American Red Cross’s Haiti relief efforts. They set up this Web site, and generated more than $300 as of late last week.

If your school has undertaken a similar project, tell us about it.

Katy Murphy

Education reporter for the Oakland Tribune. Contact me at kmurphy@bayareanewsgroup.com.

  • Chris Vernon

    From the Oakland Tech College Newsletter:

    “Relief Funds for Haiti” Fundraiser

    “We are planning a Kaplan’s ACT/SAT Combo Practice Test as a fundraiser. Students in all grades can take the SAT/ACT Combo Practice Test and, willing participants, can donate $10 to the Relief Funds for Haiti. The Haiti earthquake has made things unbearable worst for Haitians. Our donations can help provide hope that they can rebuild again. Please sign up and pay Ms. Vang in the Recorder’s office, Room 120 by February 25th. Checks should be made out to: Relief Funds for Haiti. The SAT/ACT Practice Combo Test will help students identify the skills they need to work on before they take the actual test. On March 4th, students will receive a comprehensive analysis of their performance on the test. Donations for any amount will be accepted from teachers, students, staff members and Tech community for the Haiti Fundraiser. All donors will be recognized on the Oakland Tech “Relief Funds for Haiti” poster board. If you have questions, see Ms. Johnson, Room 114 or email Jacqueline.Johnson@ousd.k12.ca.us. Please give.”

  • Katy Murphy

    Lauren Klaffky, a former assistant principal at Oakland High who is now principal of Leadership Public Schools-Hayward, wrote to tell me what her kids are doing:

    “Our students have a strict dress code, but can earn free dress on Fridays for good behavior, keeping the campus clean and having excellent attendance. Last week, we decided to put a spin on Free Dress. Students could buy “Free Dress for Haiti” for $2 per day. We raised over $1500.00 in four days. Students went without their sodas and chips in order to make a difference. All proceeds are going to The Red Cross.”

  • Peter van tassel

    At Westlake middle school we are having a dance & the leadership class has decided to donate all the proceeds to relief causes in Haiti. This is part of their efforts to give back to their community which includes one charity drive per marking period– before winter break we filled six barrels of food for the Alameda Community Food Bank.

  • Filly

    At Laurel School, one first grade class of 20 kids has raised over 80 dollars for Haiti!

  • SMDP

    St. Martin de Porres Middle School is doing a reverse penny drive for Haiti – Kids have donated almost $200 so far!

  • Deborah Green

    ROosevelt Middle School organized a “Valentines for Haiti” in two days raised $46, and delivered 23 valentines to classmates. I am proud of you Student Leadership Council. Next up, Coin drive.