Students of St. Raphael Catholic School in Raleigh raised more than $5,000 for Catholic Relief Services’ efforts in Haiti following the devastating earthquake on January 12.
The Student Council, under the guidance of Andrea Beyrer, created a school contest called, “Change for Haiti,” to see which class could raise the most money in pennies, nickels, dimes and quarters over the course of two weeks. “The kids talked about how great it would be to raise as much as $2,000 in loose change,” said Beyrer. “By the end of the first week, we were already well over that goal. I was completely overwhelmed by the level of participation. The friendly competition among the classes was really fun to see.” One of the two sixth grades brought in the most money, over $600.
The Student Council had planned on counting the change but quickly realized there was too much to count and decided on a coin counting machine. It took almost six hours to count the coins. “Bringing in change was a small ordeal, but together, as the whole school, we helped our brothers and sisters in Haiti,” said Student Council President Sam Meyercord. “When we put our time, heart and effort into everything we do, we can really make a change in others’ lives.”
After a school Mass, the Student Council proudly presented Sister Joan Jurski, O.S.F, Coordinator of the Raleigh Diocese Office of Peace and Justice/Respect Life, a check for $5,071.95. She accepted on behalf of Catholic Relief Services. “I was truly inspired by the good will and enthusiasm of the children,” said Sister Joan. “They acted on their faith and did this tremendous collection for the work of CRS in Haiti. What beautiful children!”
Above: Sr. Joan Jurski, Coordinator of the Diocesan Office of Peace and Justice, receiving check from St. Raphael Student Body leaders.
Below: Check amount of money collected by students at St. Raphael School for victims of Haiti Earthquake.