Richmond students help victims of Haiti earthquake

By Gene Petriello - bio | email

RICHMOND, VA (WWBT) - Richmond Public Schools are doing their part to help of the victims of the Haiti earthquake. You can do your part to help the students reach their goal.

This project was something that started inside the walls at Thomas Jefferson High School. But, now it's expanded throughout the district and into the entire community.

The pictures of destruction are etched in our minds forever: Haitians scrambling for their lives, as the world around them is left in ruins. It's these pictures that help two students, along with their teacher, spear-head a community effort called RPS Cares.

"I felt like I had to do something to help and do whatever I can do to help out with this project," said Bryce Pauley, a Thomas Jefferson Senior.

"I know people who know people in Haiti so that hit's home. So, I wanted to help them," said LeeAnne Jones, a Thomas Jefferson Senior.

The two students are seeing their efforts pay off in just a few days. On Friday, Thomas Jefferson held a student faculty basketball game, where they raised $400. Also, in just a few short days, they've raised $800 total. Other fundraiser's are planned, including T-shirts designed by another TJ student.

"It feels awesome. It really feels awesome," said Jones.

The goal is to raise $5,000, money from this school -- and others -- that will go to Doctors Without Border and the Red Cross. That way supplies and other needs, will get into the hands of Haitians who need it now, more than ever.

"It feels great to know you're helping out other people and it feels great for all the support we are getting," said Bryce.

It's a month long project, that many feel can be easily reached, from a community watching another, suffer day in and out.

There actually will be a bake sale here at Thomas Jefferson on Friday.

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