Pocket change adds up
7 Westside schools join in relief effort
Like many schools on the Westside, Washington Elementary students talked about the disastrous impacts of Hurricane Katrina
One of those students was fifth-grader Bea Zimmerman. “A lot of us felt real bad,” she said. “So we talked to the principal.”
That discussion with Terry Martinez - which started with a “basic plan,” as Bea put it, to raise money for the hurricane victims - led to “Change for Change,” a precedent-setting fund-raising effort that involved seven Westside schools in all. The total, $2,544.13, was handed over to Paul Aoch of the American Red Cross at a presentation ceremony Oct. 14 at Howbert Elementary.
“You see a penny on the road, you think it won't buy much,” commented Martinez during the ceremony. “But when you add pennies up, they can turn out to be a lot.”
Participating in the effort with Washington were Bristol, Buena Vista, Howbert, Midland, Pike, and Whittier. Each school brought their principals and a few student representatives to the Howbert ceremony.
No one could remember a time when Westside schools have come together in such a way.
“I think it turned out real well,” Bea Zimmerman said after the ceremony.
Note: A separate Katrina fund-raising effort was carried out by Jackson Elementary, farther north on the Westside. The drive ended recently with a total of $30 in donations, plus 10 bags of clothing and shoes.
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