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ROBIN ERICKSON
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Monday, April 26, 2004
RI schools raise funds and show support for RI Red Cross

On Wednesday, March 31st, students across Rhode Island celebrated the last day of Red Cross Month with a school wide campaign called "Students Stand Up for the Red Cross Day." Dozens of schools across Rhode Island took part and raised funds for the RI Red Cross programs and services. In total, 34 schools participated in this statewide event which, to date, has raised over $4,700.

Students at Blessed Sacrament School in Providence show their support for the RI Red Cross as they dress down to raise funds for the 1,500 people the RI Red Cross assists each year after a fire or other emergency.

Schools, from elementary through college, were very creative in how they took part on this day. Some held a flower sale, others donated extra to attend a school dance, while some donated $1 for the privilege of wearing a hat to school. Others simply put out collection jugs for students and teachers to drop spare change into. In all, it was a huge success and students and teachers across Rhode Island showed the positive impact they can have when we work together to help our friends and neighbors in crisis.

This first-ever fundraiser was a bigger success than anticipated. "Students and teachers across RI really took hold of this project and raised almost $5,000 for Rhode Islanders who have lost everything in a fire," stated Robin Erickson, Director of Communications for the RI Red Cross.  "We are just overwhelmed with their generosity and support".

Each dollar is crucial since the RI Red Cross typically spends $1,000 per family of four that it assists. All RI Red Cross assistance is free, thanks to contributions from individuals and organizations. The RI Red Cross is not a government agency and relies on private donations to provide emergency assistance to Rhode Islanders in crisis. The organization provided emergency assistance to over 1,500 people last year.

Participating schools are:

Burrillville High School  
St. Pius X School 
Metcalf Elementary  
Winsor Hill School  
Slater Jr. High School  
Jenks Jr. High School 
West Warwick High School
Chariho School System  (All 6 schools)
Dunn's Corner Elementary School
Citizens Memorial Elementary School
Stadium School  
Blessed Sacrament School
Roger Williams University Student Volunteer Association
Lonsdale Elementary School
Saylesville School  
Narragansett Pier School
Ft. Barton School 
George C. Calef Elementary School
Rhode Island College  
Thornton Elementary School
Ashton Elementary School
Warwick Public Schools  
Western Coventry Elementary School
Narragansett Elementary School
Tower Street School 
Burrillville Middle School
Aldrich Junior High School
Randall Holden Elementary School
Martin Middle School

Visit www.riredcross.org for more information and to find out how you can help.

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