Central Freshmen Give to Children's Hospital in New Orleans

October 14, 2005

Students at the Central Freshmen campus were moved by the devastation left from Hurricane Katrina. After considering the different ways they could help, they decided to raise funds for the children of New Orleans. Imagining how it would feel to lose everything, 9th graders at the Central Freshmen campus dug deep to give to the children that no longer had homes, schools, community centers, and hospitals.

Initiated by the leadership of speech and health students, twenty-four buckets were placed around the school for fellow students to contribute to the cause. The students determined that the money would be best spent towards a children's hospital. Shannon Right Choices for Youth was approached to assist in finding a children's hospital that would receive the most benefit. Their search led them to the Children's Hospital, New Orleans--part of the Regional Medical Center for Children.

Children's Hospital is Louisiana's only full-service hospital exclusively for children, offering a full range of inpatient and outpatient care. A not-for-profit facility, it is governed by an independent board of trustees made up of community volunteers. The financial effect of Hurricane Katrina on Children's Hospital has been significant. The hospital administrators are appealing to corporations, foundations, and individuals for financial support, and the hospital is also pursuing state and federal relief.

The effort has been a true example of kids giving to kids. So far, students have raised more than $1,400 for the hurricane relief effort. A $230 donation was given to assist the effort for evacuees at the San Angelo Coliseum, and the remaining funds will be sent to send to New Orleans Children's Hospital.

San Angelo ISD wishes to thank Right Choices for Youth for their assistance with this project and extends hearty congratulations to the Freshman Campus for their generous contributions.