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Students raise funds for Tsunami victims

Thursday, February 3, 2005

Fifth-graders Suzy Gorman, Brian McCluskey, Baylor Girton, Frank Beasley, Elesa Mays and Kodie Girton of East Side Elementary participate in a bake sale to raise funds for the Red Cross Tsunami Relief efforts. Ivy Herron photo

Images of death and destruction caused by the Dec. 26 tsunami in Asia grow fewer with the passage of time.

But that doesn't mean the need for donations to help in relief efforts is less.

With more than 50,000 children killed and tens of thousands orphaned, fifth-graders from East Side Elementary have been eager to learn about tsunamis since the tragic event.

"As soon as we returned from Christmas break the students were immediately interested in learning more about what had happened," said Ellen Packard, fifth-grade teacher. She explained that the numbers of people affected by the overall devastation impressed upon the students that Asia would need the entire world's help to recover. "The more they learned the more they knew they wanted to help."

After much discussion, students organized and participated in a bake sale to raise funds for the American Red Cross Tsunami Relief Effort.

With the help of parents and school staff the students sold baked goods and candy while accepting donations.

The effort raised $400 to help the disaster victims.

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