Helping out, having fun |

Helping out, having fun

Amanda Holt Miller
Western Garfield County Staff

Although the South Asian tsunami struck far from home, local students have taken it up as a cause close to their hearts.

Together, schools in Roaring Fork School District Re-1, Garfield School District Re-2 and Garfield School District 16 have raised more than $18,000, and they’re still collecting and counting money.

“We’re collecting money so they can get medicine,” said Britney Wells, a kindergartner in Mindy Campbell’s class at Grand Valley Early Childhood Literacy Center in Parachute. “They also need clothes.”

Students came up with creative ways to encourage people to part with their money.

Basalt Middle School students raised more than $900 at a basketball pie-in-the-face event, where students paid for a chance to make a basket and if they made it, they got to throw pies at a teacher or administrator. Teachers and administrators paid to handicap their students with heavy backpacks or hands tied behind their backs.

Rifle High School students created a competition between each of the classes and the staff. They raised more than $2,000 in a penny war.

“At the end everyone was really proud they raised so much for the tsunami survivors,” said Eva Cannon, a junior who, along with senior Michael Whittington, spearheaded the project. “But during the competition, I think people really wanted to win.”

The spirit of competition really helped the cause. The object of the penny war was to have the most pennies. Any silver or paper money was a demerit. The teachers tried to sabotage the seniors by dropping big bills in their jugs, and the seniors did the same to the teachers, Whittington said.

Another of the most successful fund-raising efforts was almost foiled when someone broke into the library at Sopris Elementary School and stole some of the donations. Luckily the coins, which made up most of the pot, proved too heavy, and the burglar only made away with about $600 in paper money.

The theft didn’t hold Sopris back any. The school has collected nearly $4,000, and the fund-raising isn’t finished yet.

“The community was wonderful,” said Sopris librarian Judy Tirpack. “They replaced everything we lost and then some.”


Basalt High School

-Student collection


-Dance team kick-a-thon


Basalt Middle School

Basketball pie in the face


Basalt Elementary

Student collection


Roaring Fork High School

Student collection


Carbondale Middle School

Copper/silver war


Carbondale Elementary School

Student collection/class competition


Glenwood Springs High School

Student collection


Glenwood Springs Middle School

Student collection


Glenwood Springs Elementary School

n Read to feed

n Student collection

n Relief bracelet sales


Sopris Elementary School

Student collection



Rifle High School

Penny war


Rifle Middle School

Penny war


Highland Elementary School

Penny war


Wamsley Elementary School

Student collection


Kathryn Senor Elementary School

Pay it forward student collection


District 16

Grand Valley High School

Student collection


St John Middle School

Student collection


Grand Valley Early Childhood Literacy Center

Student collection


Total: $18,002.96 and counting

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