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U.S. Schools' Response to the Tsunami Disaster

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The earthquake and resulting tsunami that wracked coastlines along the Indian Ocean and killed an estimated 150,000 people or more has prompted generosity and classroom lessons in U.S. schools, according to an Education Week story, with teachers taking varying approaches in different districts, schools, and grades.

How are schools responding to the tsunami disaster in Asia? What impact has the catastrophe had on U.S. students?

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Students are now worried about a similar disaster striking the US. Are we prepared? Or would be be caught off guard as the Asians?

Below is how we are helping the school and families
Dennis Gold
215-335-5652

FORREST SPIRIT DAY

Friday, January 14, 2005

Show you care, bring in a donation for the Tsunami families. $1 would be
great, other amounts ok! You will get a PEACEFUL dollar for each
student’s donation.

Show your spirit. No school uniforms! Wear a Philadelphia teams’ colors
or logo item.

We will make a donation to the Red Cross with the funds collected. The
class that raises the most, will have something special.

To answer your question Savita - yes we are prepared but it never hurts to have the students go through a perparedness course to practice their response skills. The Red Cross has a great curricullum for their fears called Facing Fear and one for the preparedness portion called Masters of Disasters. Call your local chapter - Facing Fear is free the other one is fairly cheap.

The schools in our area are doing the following:

A group of Red Cross volunteers who also have Red Cross Clubs at their high schools developed a fundraising campaign called Waves of Compassion. The clubs had members bring in clear colored plastic bottles, developed a Waves of Compassion label in photoshop and put a bottle in every classroom. Each school has set specific fundraising goals and are giving daily updates on the total during announcements. I believe they are in the $10,000 range so far.

The youth group also developed a fundraising guide for schools who don't have Red Cross Clubs at their school but want to help.

Our students in the middle school recently held a bakesale for the Red Cross and were about to raise $900+ for the cause.

Our school is raising money.(Fairlawn E.S in Norfolk, VA) Students are bringing in coins, dollars and checks from their parents. So far the top class has raised close to $100.00. We will continue raising money until 1/21/05. The class that raises the most money will have a pizza party. In light of all of this we have a tornado watch today. You never know when tragedy may strike.

Hunterdon Christian Academy in NJ has set up a three
foot coke bottle bank in the office for the children to keep adding change. We also are rotating classes where each class will bring in baked goods at lunchtime to sell as dessert for 25 cents each. The rotating schedule will be on-going to the end of the school year. All monies collected from both of these fund raisers will go to help the victims of the Tsunami.

The Superintendent of the St. Lucie County School District launched a campaign asking every student and employee in our district to consider donating a dollar to the Tsunami Relief Fund. The goal was to raise $40,000. As of this week, our students and employees raised over $72,000.00. The families and employees of this district know too well about disasters. We are slowly recovering from twin hurricanes that came on shore in September and pounded our schools and community. Our hearts go out to those who suffered loses. By contributing to others it enables us to heal. Strangers from all over were here for us, and this is just one way we can give back to those who came to our rescue.

My class wrote letters to The Red Cross. We used internet news sites for young people in order to collect the facts about the tsunami. My students became so transformed by the magnitude of the disaster, I was compelled to contact our local Red Cross chapter and solicit a guest speaker. One of the Directors gave a brief talk followed by an enthusiastic question and answer session with my class. Another Director and I are now starting a Safe School club. As for a monetary donation, we are having a school-wide contest sponsored by the Student Council. The room that donates the most money wins a pizza party. I predict we will send $2000 to help the tsunami victims.

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