KDES Community Raises Funds for Earthquake Victims in Haiti and Chile
After a 7.0-magnitude earthquake devastated the country of Haiti on January 12, the students, teachers, and staff of Kendall Demonstration Elementary School (KDES) wanted to find a way to help the people affected by the disaster. On February 27, an 8.8-magnitude earthquake struck Chile, displacing over 1.5 million people. The students decided to include the victims of the Chile earthquake in their fundraising efforts.
The KDES community organized several fundraisers for the earthquake victims, most recently a Spaghetti-Bingo Night held on May 27. Many KDES families, teachers, and staff attended and bought dinner tickets and raffle tickets. Others from the Model Secondary School for the Deaf community also made donations. This final event brought the total raised to $496.50.
"We are grateful to all the people who contributed to our Haiti-Chile fundraisers," said Tara Downing, KDES family educator. "I want to thank everyone who gave their time and energy to plan and run the events, and thank everyone who donated to the coin drive, bake sale, and the Spaghetti-Bingo Night."
The funds will be divided among three groups: the Institut Montfort School for the Deaf in Haiti; the Animal Relief Coalition for Haiti (ARCH); and the American Red Cross relief efforts for both Haiti and Chile. ARCH is an group of international organizations, including the American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (ASPCA), that provides assistance to the devastated livestock, wildlife, and companion animal populations in Haiti.