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Schools raise money for tsunami relief

| Sunday, Feb. 6, 2005

When a tsunami devastated the countries around the Indian Ocean on Dec. 26, 2004, schools throughout the Valley responded by collecting money to help the victims.

Many of these schools are still raising money. Here is what they've collected so far.

Fort Crawford Elementary School in the New Kensington-Arnold school district will be collecting donations until Feb. 14 that will go to UNICEF.

In just four days last week, starting Tuesday, the school had raised just over $500, according to principal Patricia Johnson.

Highlands School District has several on-going fund-raisers. Highlands Middle School is selling Hersheys Kisses and donating the proceeds. Fairmount and Fawn Elementary Schools are selling candy-grams. Highlands High School students have been collecting money at lunch.

The amounts are still being added up, said Jennifer Goldberg, public relations director.

Students at Springdale Junior-Senior High School has raised between $725 and $800. That amount is being split between charities for local flood victims and tsunami victims, according to Allegheny Valley School District spokeswoman Jan Zastawniak.

Cheswick Christian Academy elementary school, which includes 86 students, raised $540 in two days through a combination book sale and bake sale, according to school official Amy Russell.

South Butler, Deer Lakes, and Armstrong School Districts have had fund-raisers but are still tallying the amounts.

Armstrong's goal was $2,500. The district tentatively will announce its total at the Feb. 21 school board meeting, if not sooner, according to Jonathan Szish, distirct spokesman.

The Tenth Street Elementary School in Riverview School District was raising money, but Principal Gary Winkler was unavailable for comment on Friday.

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