Friday, September 9, 2005

Sun Valley students collect funds for Katrina victims

Express Staff Writer

As Wagon Days enthusiasts enjoyed the Labor Day weekend's festivities, Community School students rallied to raise money for victims of Hurricane Katrina.

"It was the least I could do after seeing the people with absolutely nothing," said Amanda Harris, a senior at the private school in Sun Valley.

Members of the school's Service and Leadership Team organized a collection effort Saturday, Sept. 3, during the Wagon Days event in Ketchum.

"I knew we had a very supportive community, but I didn't realize how much they were willing to do for others in need," senior Devyn Parnes said.

Students collected $8,000 to donate to the Red Cross for hurricane relief.

"Everyone was really generous and kept giving us money," Devyn said. " It was unbelievable."

The club met Friday, Sept. 2, for the first meeting of the school year.

"The overwhelming sense of concern filled the room, and we knew that something could, and had to be done on a local level," senior Emily Stephens said.

Students organized quickly. By noon on Friday, the students had a plan.

During the Wagon Days Parade, students walked alongside wagons, collecting money in jars from the crowd. Other students set up a booth at the Papoose Pancake Breakfast.

"We thought there were probably a lot of people who wanted to do something," Parnes said. "We thought by getting out there we would provide a way for people to do something in any easy manner."

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