Highlands Helps Haiti

Highlands School District students, faculty, staff and administration dedicated efforts last week to Highlands Hope for Haiti, a district-wide collaboration to collect funds and material donations to send to Haiti, for those who survived a recent earthquake.

The various events and contact information are as follows:

Each of the seven buildings of Highlands School District were collection sites for items to be donated to Brothers Brother Foundation, which will package and ship the materials to Haiti. The items collected include toothbrushes, toothpaste, combs, washcloths, baby wipes, wet wipes and soap. The drop-off sites included: Grandview Elementary in Tarentum; Fairmount Elementary in Brackenridge; Fawn Elementary in Fawn Township; Highlands Middle School, Highlands High School, Heights Elementary and the Administrative Center in Natrona Heights.
    The drive collected more than 3,000 items - 76 buckets full - of items to donate to Brother's Brother Foundation. The community also became involved in our effort: Weleski Transfer, Inc., based in Tarentum, donated a truck and delivery men to pick up the buckets and deliver them to the organization in Pittsburgh. Lowe's in Pittsburgh Mills Mall, J&S Pizza in Natrona Heights and 380 Auction in Murrysville donated or discounted five-gallon buckets.
     Highlands Middle School Sapphire Team staff and students collected $215.26 and Girl Scout Troop #1383, based in Natrona Heights, donated $55.16. The donations will be sent to Brother's Brother Foundation.
  Grandview Elementary School also collected donations for Vision of Hope Ministry, which will be sending donations to a missionary in Cap Haitian. First grade teacher Mrs. Rita Youell and Grandview Elementary students will be collecting monetary donations to be delivered to missionary headquarters, which has direct connections with a distribution site. More information about the organization can be found at www.vohmhaiti.com. More than $180 already has been collected by the elementary students at Grandview, and next week a combined Heights Elementary and Fawn Elementary schools dance will accept donations of money and items to send to VOHM.
Fairmount Student Council students and co-sponsors Mrs. Vickie Nania and Mrs. Jennifer Kosior are selling Valentine "Candy Grams" within the next two weeks and donate all of the proceeds from the sales towards the Haiti relief fund.

The Life Skills Class at Highlands High School, with teacher Mrs. Janice Rawe, will be collecting donations during lunch periods at the High School for the relief funds drive.
 The Seventh Grade Community Service class, with teacher Mrs. Colleen Stearns, at Highlands Middle School will design posters to hang throughout the school to encourage students to contribute donations or funds, and will assist in packaging donations for Brother's Brother Foundation.
 Heights and Fawn Elementary Schools are holding a "Helping Hands for Haiti" benefit dance on February 5 from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. in the High School Cafeteria. Students will make a donation of cash and other items for survivors of the Haiti earthquakes as their form of admission and will benefit Visions of Hope Ministry.
 HHS art students in Mrs. Teresa Emeloff's classes decorated the white five-gallon buckets being sent to Haiti with messages of hope and greetings from Highlands!
Any community members of Highlands School District can contribute to this effort. For more information, or to get updated on upcoming events, contact Ms. Misty Chybrzynski or visit www.goldenrams.com.
This article originally published in January 2010.