RANCHO SANTA MARGARITA Students at Serra Catholic Elementary School and Santa Margarita Catholic High School have collectively raised more than $15,500 to benefit victims of the recent earthquake in Haiti.
Serra Catholic raised more than $9,000 last week through two non-uniform dress days, in which students donated a minimum of $1.
The goal for the fundraisers was to raise between $1,500 to $2,000, said Kathy Tonokawa, the school’s director of marketing and communications.
Half of the proceeds will be donated to Catholic Relief Services and the other half will go toward Pwoje Espwa, an orphanage in Haiti that the school has supported in the past.
Down the street, at Santa Margarita Catholic High School, students, faculty and staff raised $6,500 in a donation drive last week.
“I am proud that together we were able to give a country that has so little a small gift that to them is a huge gift,” said senior Kelly Sheeran. “We put our quarters together and were able to make a difference.”
Funds from the high school’s drive went toward Catholic Relief Services.
“Our students definitely rallied to meet the needs of others,” said Campus Ministry Director Nancy Hormuth.
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