CKSD students rally to support rescue workers
June 11, 2008 · Updated 11:18 AM
Central Kitsap School District students are mobilizing to collect money, donate blood and do whatever they can for survivors and people who lost loved ones in last week's terrorist attacks.Central Kitsap High School leadership students have collected $2,200 in donations for the American Red Cross, and they have a business donation drive under way that is likely to draw hundreds more.Brittany Healy-Tuke, a CKHS senior who is cocoordinating the drive, said the group originally hoped to raise $1,400 - $1 from each student. They pulled in nearly $1,000 on the first day of the drive alone.Klahowya Secondary School and Olympic High School also have begun donation drives for the American Red Cross, and all three schools have blood drives slated for the coming weeks. We have buckets we are carrying to take donations, said Brittany Huey, vice president of Klahowya's DECA club. (When people give) we'll write down their name on a list and give them a red, white or blue ribbon.The names will be listed in the school bulletin to give donors credit, Huey said. So far the club has raised $338.At Olympic High School, the leadership class has raised $300-$400 in donations, according to Amber Chapman-White, senior class vice president.Students also are willing to contribute in other ways - perhaps by giving their lives.There are many people I've talked to that have said they would go out and fight - they are very interested in this, said Kristen Eddings, president of the KSS Key Club, which has organized a blood drive for today, Sept. 19.Some students wished they could be on site in New York or Washington, D.C., helping dig through the rubble or passing out sandwiches to relief workers, but added that being involved in local efforts has given them satisfaction and peace.It's better for us to do something than to sit and dwell on it, Healy-Tuke said. Latoiya Flores, an OHS Future Business Leaders of America member, said she thinks the activism at the high school level will help buck the stereotype that teens are apathetic.People think teenagers don't care about what's going on, but we're showing we do, said Flores, who is helping plan a blood drive for Oct. 3. Lots of 15-year-olds are angry they can't give blood - you have to be 16. That has shown me how much people want to help. Actions at Central Kitsap School District elementary schools include:* Clear Creek Elementary is holding a teddy bear drive.* Emerald Heights students are making U.S. flags to hang in windows at home and at school.* Silverdale Elementary School has asked its students to wear red, white and blue every Friday.