By John Anderson
The students at Auburn Middle School recently completed their goal of raising $1,000 to purchase a ShelterBox to assist in worldwide disaster relief. Rotary International has become an international partner for the ShelterBox organization, and the Rotary Club of Auburn worked with middle school students to achieve their goal.
Each box is outfitted for the disaster it is being shipped to, but essentials are a tent, warm sleeping gear, and a water purification system. ShelterBox is based in Great Britian, but their humanitarian assistance stretches across the globe. Each year, tens of thousands of people are helped after a natural disaster or manmade conflict.
According to Principal Joe Gagnon, students made cash donations after seeing a presentation on the program. Later, the Student Council and National Junior Honor Society held a school dance to raise the remainder of the $1,000 to sponsor a Box. Elizabeth McCarthy served as the faculty liaison and event organizer for the middle school.
Since this was an internal fundraiser, no solicitations were made to the public.
There is also an added bonus for the students. Each Box is outfitted with a GPS locator, so they will know where their box is helping around the world. Excellent work AMS!