Lincoln students aid hurricane victims

Lincoln students aid hurricane victims

Lonsdale Elementary students display items they collected for people affected by Hurricane Harvey in Houston. Standing in the back row, from left, are 5th-graders Logan Brown and Emilie Gordon and 1st-grader Lucas Burdette. Front row, from left, are 1st-grade students Marissa Caetano, Charlotte Nickson and Hannah Giuffrida. (Breeze photo by Brittany Ballantyne)

LINCOLN – Lincoln schools have raised money and donated supplies to help out those affected by Hurricane Harvey, and plans are in the works to do the same for residents of Florida, in the wake of Hurricane Irma.

Initiatives came from schools at the elementary level up to the high school.

Lincoln High School’s Student Council president, Hailey Joyce, told School Committee members at Monday night’s meeting that students raised more than $1,700 to benefit people affected by Harvey, and said the student organization is planning a similar fundraiser for Floridians.

The funds raised, Principal Kevin McNamara said, will be distributed to GlobalGiving, a nonprofit organization.

Over at Lonsdale Elementary School, Principal Rosemary Stein explained that within a day and a half, students generated a large stock of cleaning supplies and tools for people in the Houston area, and said the materials would be driven down in an 18-wheeler as part of a collection drive through Cardi’s Furniture.

While sorting through buckets filled with tools, students showed off paintbrushes, duct tape, gloves, sponges, trash bags, baking soda, wipes and buckets that were to be distributed to those in need.

Asked what they wanted other kids living in Houston to know, the elementary students provided words of encouragement.

“Just don’t lose hope and keep your head up,” 5th-grade student Emilie Gordon said.

Logan Brown, another 5th-grader, said he hoped the materials collected would help Texas residents “fix their houses.”

Stein said the turnaround was time sensitive, and said soon, the school would likely begin working on other donation drives to benefit those affected by storms in Florida.

“We just wanted to do something collectively here at school that would certainly benefit those that have been devastated,” she said.

Stein said she also collected checks made out to the American Red Cross.

“Here at Lonsdale, we always seem to find a way to help other people that are in great need,” she said.