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Local schools pitch in for Katrina

Cindy Ramunno

Special to the DailyStudents across the county have held relief drives for Hurricane Katrina victims. Students at Avon Elementary school held a bake sale.

EAGLE COUNTY – Schools all over the valley used creativity and hard work to raise money for victims of Hurricane Katrina. Despite gearing up for the annual fundraiser for local elementary schools – Wild West Day – parents and students showed tremendous generosity for the victims of the hurricane tragedy.

Fifth-graders at Avon Elementary hosted a bake sale where each student worked a specific job – from baking, selling, setting up, cleaning up, advertising or collecting donations. The students raised $1,832. Those funds went directly to the American Red Cross. “We want to thank all of the students and parents for their efforts,” says Avon computer teacher Amy Guercio.

Gypsum Elementary had similar success. Over five days, students had to pay a dollar to wear a hat. “We raised a total of $1,492,” says Principal Mitch Forsberg, which was the five-day total.At Brush Creek Elementary in Eagle, students also broke a rule and paid a dollar to wear a hat on two school days, and a dollar another day to wear their hair in a crazy style. Parents and students also collected clothes, hygiene products and food for the relief efforts. “We were really pleased with the amount of items that were donated,” says parent Wendi Rowles, who organized the drive.

Eagle Valley Middle School students have raised over $600 so far. ‘Hats On for Hurricane Katrina’ also encouraged students to pay a dollar and wear a hat. Usually, no hats are allowed in the school. “Our students are awfully proud of the money they’ve raised so far,” says Nicole Dewell, who teachers seventh grade.At Eagle Valley High School, students are placing bets on which teacher will be chosen to kiss a goat – in front of the student body. Students guess between six teachers and all of the money will benefit the victims of Katrina. For more information on how the county’s public schools are raising funds to benefit the victims of Hurricane Katrina, call the individual school or district Communications Coordinator Pam Boyd at 328-1923.Vail, Colorado