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For Immediate Release: Nov. 8, 2005
Contact: Mary Stadick Smith - (605) 773-7228
South Dakota schools raise funds for Katrina relief
South Dakota schools raised $24,061.45 through the Department of Education’s Kids for Katrina Relief fund-raising initiative. The money will go to Louisiana schools most impacted by the storm.
“Immediately following Katrina, we were getting calls from schools wanting to help the teachers and students in Louisiana and Mississippi,” said Dr. Rick Melmer, secretary of the South Dakota Department of Education. “After talking with our counterparts in the affected areas, we created Kids for Katrina Relief, so that our schools could be certain their dollars would go directly to Louisiana’s schools, teachers and students.”
The money raised through Kids for Katrina Relief will go to a fund set up by Louisiana’s Superintendent of Education Cecil J. Picard. The fund matches monetary donations with the needs of school systems affected by the storm.
Launched in mid-September, Kids for Katrina Relief ran throughout October. Participating schools used a variety of activities, ranging from bake sales to penny drives, to raise funds.
Participating schools/districts and organizations (as of Nov. 7) included the following:
Bison Elementary School
Castlewood Ministerial Association and School District
Central High School, Aberdeen
DeSmet School District
Geddes School District
Hill City School District
Hitchcock-Tulare Elementary School
Hot Springs School District
Hoven Elementary School
Hurley School District
Lead-Deadwood: Lead-Deadwood Elementary School, Lead-Deadwood Middle and High Schools
Madison: Madison Elementary Schools (Lincoln and Washington), Madison Middle School
Meade School District
Mitchell: G.B. Rogers Elementary School, L.B. Williams Elementary School, Longfellow Elementary School, Mitchell Middle School
Mt. Vernon High School (Student Council)
Rapid City: Grandview Elementary School, Pinedale Elementary School, Southwest Middle School
Sanborn Central School District
Sioux Valley School District (FCCLA Chapter)
Wagner School District
Webster School District
In addition to the schools listed above, a number of schools ran their own fund-raising efforts and sent the dollars to a charitable organization or directly to a particular school.
“We want to congratulate all of the schools out there that raised funds or collected supplies for the schools affected by Katrina and Rita,” Melmer said. “We know that there were many efforts, beyond our initiative, going on. All of these students and teachers should be extremely proud of their efforts.
EDITOR’S NOTE: Local media are encouraged to contact participating schools/districts to arrange for a photo opportunity.