Local schools aid hurricane relief effort

Greater Atlanta Christian in Norcross contributed $60,000 to the hurricane relief effort, both directly in funds and in supplies for victims.

The school committed $20,000 to the American Red Cross and more than $10,000 to the Salvation Army. It also contributed $15,000 of the proceeds gathered from the GAC vs. Wesleyan football game last week to the Norcross Cooperative Ministry. Parents and students sent needed items like baby supplies, linens, water and canned goods to the FAA camp in Covington, which hosted 70 evacuee families.

Many Gwinnett County Public Schools are also contributing to the relief effort with unconventional fundraisers. J.H. Dyer Elementary School had a "Kuddles for Katrina" day in which students paid $1 to bring their favorite stuffed animal to school for a day, while students at Arcado Elementary School can donate to dress down for their "Pajamas and Slippers Day." Students at M.H. Mason Elementary School are selling a snack they are calling "Kibbles and Bits" to raise money for animal shelters that are helping pets left behind in the disaster.

Schools are going out of their way to make student evacuees feel welcome in their new schools. Richards Middle School gave welcome packages, which included a new book bag, all necessary school supplies, snacks and a Visa gift card, to all of its new Gulf state students .

Kudos also go to many of the other GCPS that are helping the hurricane relief effort through benefits, student evacuee assistance programs, and food, supply and fundraising drives.

Rubina Madan is the education reporter for the Gwinnett Daily Post. Good News From Schools appears in the Sunday edition of the Post.