Students learn compassion by aiding hurricane victims

September 13, 1992|By Sherry Joe | Sherry Joe,Staff Writer

Students at Pointers Run Elementary are learning about the devastation of Hurricane Andrew by sending non-perishable food and other items to storm victims.

Since the start of school, students have dropped off about $200 worth of canned goods, baby formula, diapers, flashlights, insect repellent and other items, school officials said.

"We thought maybe they would send a couple of bags, but they brought in several boxes," said Teresa Logan, president of the Pointers Run PTA, which organized the food drive.

The Federal Emergency Management Agency provided the school with a list of supplies needed by hurricane victims.

"We asked specifically for baby food," said Principal Andrew T. ,, Barshinger.

In addition to donating food, one of the main goals of the effort was to teach children how they can directly help during a crisis, Ms. Logan said.

"It's so easy for their parents to write a check but that's not teaching them anything," Ms. Logan said.

Holly Barrow, 10, said it was a rewarding experience to donate food to "people who have babies and people whose houses had damage."

"Everybody wants to help," Assistant Principal Joanne W. Ferguson said of the students. "When they can bring in a can of tuna, they can relate that it's going to a baby."

Other schools are also donating items to hurricane victims, including Deep Run Elementary and Oakland Mills, Glenelg, Hammond, Atholton, and Howard high schools.

The food drive ends Tuesday.

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