Students offer 'Helping Hands for Haiti'

Students, parents and staff members of Sycamore Community Schools are working to organize efforts to benefit the victims of the Jan. 12 earthquake that struck Haiti.

The Montgomery Elementary PTO's Make a Difference committee, in conjunction with the school's teachers, is sponsoring a "Helping Others" campaign.

From Jan. 15-22, students and staff will compete to see which class can collect the most personal items (such as soap, shampoo and deodorant) and non-perishable food items.  As an incentive to bring in more donations, the winning class will receive a special gym class where they can participate in activities of their choice.

During the same time, the Sycamore Junior High School Beta Club will also sponsor "Helping Hands for Haiti."  During the event, students, parents and staff members will collect cleaning products and water, and will work with Matthew 25 Ministries to distribute the items.  Community members are also welcome to donate items by dropping them off in the junior high lobby.