Red Cross glitch postpones drive at local school

Published 12:00 am Wednesday, November 19, 2003

The American Red Cross Hero Campaign was supposed to kick off on Monday, Nov. 17,

and continue through Friday, Nov. 21, at the U.S Jones Elementary School. Principal, Tony Speegle, is overseeing the fundraiser.

However, due to the problems with the information supplied by the Red Cross, the campaign will be postponed until the problem is solved. The school remains optimistic about the campaign and will continue with its efforts as soon as improvements have been made.

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The objective of the campaign was for each student to take a "hero square" home and have their parents sign their or their child’s name onto it. The square will be returned to the school along with a donation of at least $1.00. Each classroom was asked to create a display board, and post each student’s hero square. At the end of the promotion the donations will be tallied and the class that has raised the most money will be given a pizza party compliments of Pizza Hut of Demopolis.

The American Red Cross will also present one of their Preparedness Programs, which teaches children how to build a first aid kit, make a fire plan and a disaster kit, to the winning class. All Preparedness Programs are taught by the American Red Cross and are free of charge.

All proceeds from the Heroes Campaign will be used to provide food, clothing, shelter, replace dentures, medications and eye glasses lost in house fires, tornadoes and other disasters that may strike in the coming months. All funds will be used to help residents of Marengo County.

All parents and patrons of U.S Jones Elementary are encouraged to participate. For further information please contact: Jeanette Crusoe or Ann Gougler: 334-874-4641. This "Hero Square" is an ongoing event of Red Cross campaign to bring awareness and humanitarianism through the schools.