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South Tahoe students, organizations urge aid to Haiti

Annie Flanzraich

When the students in Irene Kaelin’s fifth-grade class at Tahoe Valley Elementary School heard about the aftermath of the earthquake in Haiti, they decided to lend what support they could.

One of her students, Nick Durham, came up with the idea to send money to the earthquake victims. The students in the class made posters and plan to put collection containers in all of the classrooms and at the school’s main office.

“I just couldn’t sit and do nothing,” Kaelin said. “I think what really did it for me was when I saw a picture of an elementary school that had been crushed.”

The students hope to raise $420, one dollar for each student enrolled in school by Feb. 2, Kaelin said.

“During those two weeks the students plan to learn more about the country of Haiti and about the organizations that are helping,” Kaelin said. “They will then decide which group to give the money to.”

The reaction to the conditions in Haiti rippled throughout the United States this week. President Barack Obama said the United States will give $100 million to help the Caribbean country that was hit by a 7.0 magnitude earthquake Tuesday.

The International Red Cross estimates about three million people were affected by the quake and up to 140,000 could be dead. Most hospitals in the country were destroyed. Haiti also suffers from shortages of clean water and fuel, even when not facing a disaster.

Members of the South Lake Tahoe Rotary Club are also banding together to send help to Haiti.

President Dick Derby sent an e-mail Friday asking members to bring a $100 donation to the club’s meeting next week.

“These people are in need of our help,” Derby wrote.

People can also donate to Haitian earthquake relief while shopping at Raley’s. Raley’s will give 100 percent donations made from Saturday through Feb. 13 to the American Red Cross.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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