Schools step up to help Haiti earthquake victims

By: Lauren Gibbs, The Placer Herald
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Rocklin schools have stepped up to support victims of the Haiti quake. Rocklin Elementary School students’ weeklong drive totaled $1,810.52 donated to the Red Cross to go toward assisting those affected by the earthquake in Haiti. “My kids rolled coins forever,” said Gloria Chesbro, a sixth-grade teacher at Rocklin Elementary whose class organized the school-wide fundraiser. Shortly after the earthquake destruction hit the airwaves and local news stations, Chesbro said she asked the kids what they could do to help. “We need to get this going. These people need this money now,” Chesbro said. That state of emergency sparked a drive that collected almost four times their initial goal amount. Their $500 goal was surpassed only days after the drive started, Chesbro said. Most of the money came in dollar and coin form, but some families wrote larger amounts in checks. Chesbro said she heard some stories of students emptying their piggy banks and donating their allowances to the relief fund. At Antelope Creek Elementary, teacher Colleen Root’s second/third-grade combination class organized a fundraiser for the Haitian relief where students asked their parents to sponsor them to do extra chores at home, said Antelope Creek Principal Matt Murphy. Root said students were encouraged to help younger siblings with homework and help fold laundry for cash to donate to the fund. Students in Root’s class made a poster with other chore ideas for their fellow students, she said. Bob Thorton from the American Red Cross made a visit to the school to accept the $1,150 donation that will go toward disaster relief in Haiti. Rocklin and Antelope Creek were at least two Rocklin schools that contributed to the relief efforts in Haiti and fundraising efforts have generated across the county. For information on how you can help through the American Red Cross, go to the Sacramento Sierra chapter Web site at or call 993-7081.