Southwestern Students Raise Money For Relief Effort

Southwestern Middle School students recently raised more than $1,200 to help with Hurricane Sandy relief efforts.

In the wake of Hurricane Sandy, students of the Middle School Student Council , the National Junior Honor Society and the Family & Consumer Sciences classes sponsored a jeans week for teachers where the teachers donated $5 a day to wear jeans. The students purchased candy cane grams to send to friends, called “Sandy Canes.” The student council also voted to donate the money raised through the Red Ribbon Week activities to the cause. When word spread through the school, the Family & Consumer Sciences classes joined in and voted to donate their fundraising money to the American Red Cross.

More than 700 Sandy Canes were sold in four days. Students donated time selling, sorting, and delivering the candy grams to rooms at the end of the day. The efforts of the four groups combined to raise $1,210 for the Red Cross. William Tucker, Southwestern New York American Red Cross chapter executive, accepted the donation.