Middle school helps relief efforts

By Shivangi Potdar

“Incoming,” yelled sixth graders from Clinton Rosette Middle School as a vehicle pulled up at the Hurricane Katrina relief drive held at the school on Saturday.

About a dozen children from the Builder’s Club, along with a few teachers and staff members, volunteered their time to collect toiletries, school supplies and clothing for the hurricane victims.

“The tables were loaded and things were falling over – toys, clothes, shoes, school supplies, back packs,” said Trudy McElligott, advisor for the Builders Club.

McElligott said they collected enough items to fill a Salvation Army truck and had some more stuff left over. Carol Vest, another Builder’s Club advisor, said she was encouraged by the outpouring of support from the community.

Thirteen-year-old Will Ireland, who was among the volunteers on Saturday, said the drive was really fun and tiring.

Clinton Rosette Middle School, 650 N. First St., has a hurricane committee that collected change from students to raise money for the victims of the hurricane in another effort.

The program was called ‘Your change can make a change,’” said Sheryl Nakonechny, a teacher at Clinton Rosette Middle School. The money collected was matched by the Walt and McCarthy families, and Lowe’s Home Improvement matched that amount, donating a total of $7,046.60 to the American Red Cross.

She said the students collected $478 on the first day.

The efforts to help the hurricane victims are not over.

“We are planning to do something each month as the devastation is going to affect families for a long time,” Nakonechny said.

For the last week in October, the school is going to do a “Stop the bop,” where it plays a familiar song repeatedly over lunch hour and before school starts.

The students will have to reach into their pockets to stop the music if the song makes them scream, Nakonechny said.