Pinon Elementary Students Run Hurricane Sandy Fundraiser

Pinon Elementary School students help the victims of Hurricane Sandy. Photo by Stephanie Rittner


Students at Pinon Elementary School in Los Alamos wanted to do something to help the victims of Hurricane Sandy.

Classes discussed ways they could help. Teacher Stephanie Rittner said, “After a quick discussion with the Red Cross, we all decided that collecting money would be the quickest and most efficient way to get help to the victims.”

Photo by Stephanie Rittner

In one day, sixth grade students made Hurricane Sandy “help awareness” posters, hung them around the school and started making announcements to the school that they would be collecting money for the Red Cross. A parent letter was also drafted and sent home, Rittner said.

On Monday Nov. 4, the donations began pouring in.

“The school had decided to raise $1,000. By Tuesday afternoon our school had not only made our goal, we had surpassed it,” she said. “We have been amazed at the outpouring of generosity coming from our students, staff and the Pinon community.”

Photo by Stephanie Rittner

The donations are still coming in and as of Thursday morning, the students have raised more than $1,300.

“Due to the generous spirit of the Pinon community, we have raised our goal to $2,000,” Rittner said, adding that the school will hold an assembly Nov. 19 or 20 to present the check to a representative from the Red Cross.

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