SL students to raise funds for summer relief trip

by Ellie Higgs, News

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Spring Lake High School’s junior and senior classes have been planning a relief trip to Texas in June to provide relief for victims of Hurricane Harvey. The trip has been in the works since mid summer and the planning for the trip started moving along just after school began this year.

The idea for this particular relief trip was brought up by a few students hoping to make a change in the communities in Texas following the devastation left by Hurricane Harvey in late August.

The International Baccalaureate program is planning fundraising ideas to raise money. The students are planning to take a charter bus down to Texas to rebuild houses and to provide supplies for the people in need.

They plan on fundraising for this trip in hopes that they will not have to pay anything out of pocket and to hopefully have more money than they need so they can give that money to the victims.

Some of the possible fundraising ideas have been T-shirts with businesses sponsoring this trip.

Another fundraising plan is to partner with restaurants and have a portion of the money earned that night to benefit the trip. Last Saturday, the group partnered with Pizza Hut, where the restaurant in Ferrysburg donated $1 for each buffet and all tips to the relief trip.

One of the students who plans on attending the trip says that they hope to gain a new perspective on the way others live because here in Michigan we do not have those types of natural disasters.

Other students are hoping to make connections with the victims in hopes that we can get closer to them and they are able to see that we are here to help, that the whole country is, even from Michigan.

Another student who is excited to go help is Karenna Johnson, who is hoping to get experience in aiding others because she would like to possibly help animals in crisis situations sometime in the future.

A lot of the teachers going as chaperones are very excited to be involved in this. One teacher who has done relief trip work before, Mrs. Jessie Crawford, really enjoyed the trips she took. She ventured to Louisiana and worked with the victims of Katrina.

Overall, the volunteers going on this trip are excited to make a change and excited to help wherever they can.

While the plan for now is to work in Texas, the organization sponsoring the relief trip, the National Relief Network, reserves the right to reroute the group to another location should another natural disaster occur before the group departs in June 2018.

To learn more about the National Relief Network, visit www.nrn.org.

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