By DEB WUETHRICH
When kids see other kids in need, one of the first things they want to do is find a way to help. That was the inclination of some students in Ernie Palmer’s and Amy Harrison’s fifth grade classrooms recently.
Palmer said his students were watching current events on Channel One when Samantha Dunn spoke up.
“Sam said, ‘Can we do something?’” Palmer said, and that got the ball rolling. Students decided that they would like to raise some money and donate it to the Red Cross, whom they knew to be providing direct assistance to Haitians who have been affected by last month’s earthquake. Palmer’s students spread the word to Harrison’s students and a drive was under way.
“At first they set a goal of about $200,” said Palmer. “When they saw that they met that goal, they raised it up a little higher.” Students collected more than $356, then with a little boost from their teacher, a check was made out for $400 to be donated to the Red Cross.
On Tuesday, Feb. 9, Karen Daugherty, who serves as Vice Chair on the Board of the Lenawee County Chapter of the American Red Cross, visited with the youths to receive the funds.
Daugherty said that the local Red Cross works with the World Food Organization because they have the ability to distribute the needed food on a wide scale. She told the students that funds go directly to the cause, and that more than $200 million has been collected with the Red Cross already having spent approximately $78 million to provide water, food, shelter, blankets, tents and medicines to those in need.