Students in District 211 Spearhead Donation Efforts for Illinois Tornado Victims


donations_editWith Thanksgiving just around the corner, students in District 211 recognize they have a lot to be thankful for. While many student organizations generally start fundraising and charity efforts during the holidays to benefit their communities, recent events have led to a focus outside of District 211.

Fundraising and charity efforts from all over the District will benefit victims of the tornado that devastated the Washington, Ill., community on Nov. 17. The deadly storms caused roughly 80 tornadoes that ripped through the Midwest.

Fremd cheerleaders are joining forces with the cheer teams from Palatine, Hersey, and Buffalo Grove High Schools to assemble hygiene kits for the tornado victims.  Each school agreed to collect different items for the kits, and Fremd High School is collecting soap and washcloths.  Each team is meeting at Buffalo Grove High School on Nov. 23 to assemble the kits, which will then be dropped off in Washington, Ill.

In addition to the cheerleading team at Palatine High School, the Palatine High School Auto Club students and Applied Technology teacher Mike Ruta are collecting items to send to the tornado victims. One of Ruta’s neighbors runs a bus company and is taking two school buses down to Washington, Ill., on Nov. 22. They are hoping to fill the busses with as many relief items as possible.

The members of PALS Club at Conant High School are selling “Turkey Grams,” which are cards available for $1.00 in the cafeteria through Nov. 25.  Students and staff can take a moment to write a note to a friend, teacher, coach, counselor, administrator, sibling, or parent that has been a “PAL” to them. All proceeds of the sale will go towards the victims in Washington, Ill., and surrounding areas that are in need of a donations as they rebuild during the holiday season.

At Schaumburg High School, students in SHO (Students Helping Others) are sponsoring a monetary collection drive to assist those affected by these disasters. The drive is running Nov. 20 through Nov. 22. A donation table is set up outside the cafeteria and students will walk around with collection cans. All donations will go to the American Red Cross to support disaster relief.

Additional donations through Schaumburg High School can be sent to Cindy Dvorak or Elizabeth Howard in the Social Studies Department. Checks should be made payable to the American Red Cross.