By Kristyn Conley
Hurricane High School
CHARLESTON, W.Va. -- So many people in the world need help. Some may be right next door, while others may be overseas. There are many ways to give back to those in need, and Hurricane High School has found a fun way to do just that.
"March Madness," a two-week charity drive, started March 18 as an engaging way for the school to give back to the community. Each grade level was given a charity or cause to donate money to. Freshmen raised money for the National Down Syndrome Society, sophomores for The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society, juniors for Ronald McDonald House and seniors for the Make-A-Wish Foundation.
The winning grade level gets double its normal lunchtime for a day. Everyone else has to go to class. Sounds inviting, huh?
The school also had other ways to raise money and get the students involved. Dress-up days were held March 27-29: Water Park Wednesday, Recycle Day on Thursday and College Pride Day on Friday.
Each student who dressed up each day was counted and a dollar added to the grade's charity. It became a competitive business.
On Recycle Day, students wore trash bags over their clothes and newspaper hats to promote the "Reduce, Reuse, Recycle" slogan. On Water Park Wednesday, they put on swim trunks and bathing suits over their normal clothes, along with stylish floaties. On College Pride Day, they dressed up in outfits supporting their favorite colleges.
During lunch, students also participated in relays in the gym.