RI News
5:00 am
Tue January 22, 2013

Barrington H.S. students raise funds for Sandy victims

(PROVIDENCE, RI) Barrington High School students and faculty are raising money to help a high school on Staten Island in the aftermath of Superstorm Sandy. So far, they’ve raised thousands of dollars.

Barrington teacher’s aide Mai Donohue heard about the plight of students at New Dorp High School in Staten Island. She heard many students were still sleeping on the floor or on moldy mattresses while their families tangled with FEMA and insurance agencies for money to move or rebuild. Math teacher Jason Appel joined her to help organize a January 31st dinner, raffle and auction at Barrington high. And Appel says students jumped right in.

“I have a group of kids giving up their lunch period to sell raffle tickets and tickets to the dinner. They’re going out into the community to sell tickets. They’re going to local businesses to ask for donations. You know, we’re doing a silent auction and a raffle. There’s a group that are all making desserts for the event," says Appel.

Appel says the effort has raised nearly $11,000 dollars so far and more is coming in. Tickets are nearly sold out for the special Vietnamese dinner but Appel says he hopes people will still contribute money or items for the silent auction.

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