Friday, December 19, 2014

High schools again give generously to charities

The holidays will be brighter for many in the Midlands thanks to the hard work of Richland Two students. Continuing in the annual tradition, each of the district’s five high schools successfully hosted student-led, school-wide service projects designed to encourage students to explore, understand and address community needs.

While district-wide totals are still being calculated, the numbers are adding up as follows: more than 136,500 non-perishable food items, 2,800 clothing items, 670 stockings, 500 toiletry items, 2,600 toys and 7,100 books; 304 units of blood for the American Red Cross; 61 blankets and 519 pounds of supplies for the Blythewood Animal Hospital and $11,600 in cash donations. Students also sponsored more than 316 families and foster children from the Midlands.

Each school held celebratory pep rallies with their own unique titles: Winter Wishes at Ridge View High School, Holiday Wishes at Blythewood High School, HOPE (Helping Other People Everywhere) 365 at Richland Northeast High School, Redhawk Holidays – W.O.W. Wishes of Westwood at Westwood High School and Winter Days at Spring Valley High School.

Click on image to see photos from the high school celebrations on Flickr! 

Additionally, elementary and middle schools across the district partnered with the high schools to collect donations. Their charitable giving will benefit numerous organizations including God’s Storehouse, foster children from the S.C. Department of Social Services, Palmetto Health Children’s Hospital, James R. Clark Sickle Cell Foundation, Palmetto Project’s Families Helping Families, Carolina Children’s Garden, Palmetto Place Children’s Shelter, Transitions, the Richland Two Backpack Program, students from Rwanda, Richland County First Steps, Tricia’s Trunk, Harvest Hope, Toys 4 Tots, Christian Assistance Bridge, Canine Angels and Hannah House.

For more information, contact Joe Burke,, 803.738.3210.

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