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Eagle Valley students start tsunami relief

Cindy Ramunno

GYPSUM – The recent tsunami tragedy left most of us are feeling helpless. Eagle Valley High School student Mariah Scott turned her feeling of helplessness into help for the tsunami victims. The senior approached principal Mark Strakbein with the idea of students giving up one lunch – about $3 – towards the relief. Scott has been a member of the Red Cross for the last four years, so she knew the funds would go directly to the victims. “This has been such a bad thing that has happened. Although Red Cross and UNICEF have spread the word about donations, I felt that at the high school level, something was missing,” says Scott. So, Strakbein and Scott have visited homerooms during school to explain the effort and hopefully get donations. They answer questions and explain that $3 goes much further in south Asia than it does in America. “We are shooting for 100 percent participation – which means every adult and student in the building,” says Strakbein. Scott adds if students can’t pay the $3, the donation will be made for them. “This is a good chance for everyone to show that they care and that Eagle Valley High School students can make a difference,” Scott says.How’s the response? “So far, it’s going awesome. Many people have donated more than $3 and some have asked for extra envelopes to get donations from the community,” says Scott.Watch this paper for a follow-up the school’s efforts. To participate in the Eagle Valley High School tsunami relief efforts, call (970) 328-8960, and ask for Mark Strakbein or Mariah Scott.Vail Colorado

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