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The Times
  • WCV students raise funds for Fire Island school

  • Students and faculty at West Canada Valley Central School raised $700 to donate to an elementary school on Fire Island, a barrier island off Long Island effected by Hurricane Sandy.

    Student Council Adviser Alison Jones said the idea to donate funds to those effected by Sandy came from the high school student council and quickly spread throughout the entire district.

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  • Students and faculty at West Canada Valley Central School raised $700 to donate to an elementary school on Fire Island, a barrier island off Long Island effected by Hurricane Sandy.
    Student Council Adviser Alison Jones said the idea to donate funds to those effected by Sandy came from the high school student council and quickly spread throughout the entire district.
    After doing some research, Superintendent John Banek suggested the district adopt a school.
    According to Banek, schools that wanted to help were paired up with schools in the Long Island area in need of assistance. Not too soon after getting contact information, West Canada Valley was paired with an elementary school on Fire Island. Jones said the elementary school is small as the year-round population is small. The island’s population also swells with tourists during the summer.
    According to Jones, those who live on the island are not sure how much assistance they will receive.
    “Some families had their houses devastated,” she said.
    Initially the school requested gift cards to Wal-Mart and Target for families in need, but through the program the school has used the gift cards to purchase school materials for students, said Jones.
    West Canada Valley donated $700 to the school days before Christmas.
    “It’s a great feeling that we were able to help those in need during the holiday season,” said Jones.
    A number of fundraisers contributed to the donation, including a student council sponsored bake sale, a faculty dress-down week in which faculty members paid $5 each to dress down for a week and instead of exchanging gifts for Christmas, the fourth grade class made a donation to the cause.
    “The district has been very successful with raising funds for the program and everyone is looking forward to continue helping in the new year,” said Jones.
    Currently, plans are in the works for a junior high school and high school midwinter semi-formal on Feb. 2. Pre-sale tickets will be sold for $5 and $7 for tickets sold at the door. A Kiss FM DJ is expected to provide entertainment, as well as a photo booth. On Feb. 8, the elementary school will offer a dance for grades four through six. Tickets are $3 per student.
    All proceeds from these events will be donated to the Fire Island elementary school through the adopt a school program, said Jones.
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