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Posted December 6, 2011

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Schools Find Ways to Help the Needy During Holidays

A Roosevelt Middle School student admires his handywork after putting a cream pie in the face of principal Cee Kaye Nation because students exceeded a fundraising goal.

Students from all around Albuquerque Public Schools find ways to help needy families and all kinds of worthy causes during the holiday season and throughout the year. Here are just a few recent examples of students giving their time and treasures to the community:

They’ve been busy at Roosevelt Middle School, with two projects that raised thousands of dollars. Students sold “sneakers” at $1 each to raise money for the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation. The goal was for every student to sell five and bring in $1,800. Not only did they exceed the goal, they nearly doubled it. Because they raised more than $3,000, Principal Cee Kaye Nation agreed to take five pies in the face, and did so graciously.

Also at Roosevelt, Fran Proce’s social studies classes raised another $4,100 to provide Thanksgiving food baskets to needy families in the East Mountain area. Students wrote persuasive letters to local businesses asking for help. They prepared a budget and shopped for the food. This is the 12th year of the project.

They’re already on to the next mission, which involves Toys for Tots.

At Eisenhower Middle School, the student council sponsored a fundraiser for the Roadrunner Food Bank. Students raised about $4,000 which, according to Roadrunner, translates into 600 Albuquerque families helped by their efforts.

The Bandelier Elementary community also got into the act for Thanksgiving. Led by the school’s PTA, enough food and funds were raised to provide 40 food baskets, complete with turkeys, to local needy families. The baskets were delivered during their parent-teacher conference days.

Various student groups at Garfield Middle School banded together to help out the Bernalillo County Chapter PTA Clothing Bank and Roadrunner Food Bank. Groups including AVID classes, the 6th grade GREAT program, Junior Army Guard, a community soccer team, individual classrooms and faculty and staff sent more than 40 bags of clothes to the clothing bank. Students raised enough to feed 12 families through Roadrunner. That includes $100 raised by AVID classes by selling popcorn and drinks at a movie night and basketball game.

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