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In the News: Kids Help Out
Kids helping out made the news in Scholastic News Edition 4, 5/6, and Junior Scholastic on September 26, 2005

Kids Help Out
Mark Dickson (left) gives a donation to aid victims of Hurricane Katrina to Will Preston, 11, in downtown Anderson, South Carolina, on September 3, 2005.
(Photo: Ken Ruinard/Anderson Independent-Mail/AP Wide World)
Kids across the country are doing their part to help the victims of hurricanes Katrina and Rita. They are working together with their schools and communities to contribute all they can to the massive fund-raising effort.

"Donations from the young donors mean the most to us," said Gayle Falkenthal, a representative of the San Diego chapter of the Red Cross. "Most of the time they are giving us everything they have. They are the most generous of donors."

The students of San Marcos Unified school district in San Diego, California, launched a campaign to fill donation boxes in all the schools, from elementary up through high school. Students and teachers alike can contribute. At the end of the month, all the money will be donated to the San Diego Red Cross. They have already raised more than $3,000. San Marcos High School is also planning a blood drive next week.

Girl Scout troop 81 of Bangor, Maine, is helping out by making KARE packages—Katrina Aid Relief Effort, that is. They are gathering funds to fill 300 backpacks with school supplies to send to a school taking in evacuees from Hurricane Katrina. The backpacks are scheduled to go out on October 22, National Make a Difference Day.

New York Senator Hillary Clinton has started a program called Coins From Kids throughout 10 school districts on Long Island. The schools are working with Commerce Bank and Future Tech Enterprise, Inc., to raise money. Future Tech has agreed to match up to $25,000 in donations. The funds will be donated to the Bush-Clinton Katrina Fund. That fund is the project of former Presidents Bill Clinton and George H.W. Bush.

America's kids have really demonstrated how eager they are to help the victims of Hurricane Katrina. Find out how to get involved in your community's relief effort, or start your own.