The Rochambeau Middle School Student Council has been working hard this year to raise money for many charities. This money was raised through 7th and 8th grade dances, 6th grade socials, and other fun events. We have decided to donate proceeds to our school, our town, our state, at a national level, and an international level.
The 8th grade class of 2014-2015 will be donating $1,500 towards getting a new sound system in the gym. With help from the PTO we hope to have something installed in the near future. This will be very helpful to our gym teachers, for presentations, and for pep rallies. On the town level, we decided to donate $100 each to the Audubon Society at the Bent of the River and the Pomperaug River Watershed Coalition since the 7th grade attends a field trip to the BOTR every year. We also donated $500 to the Southbury Police Association. This local organization gives back to our town through scholarships and numerous youth and community programs. On the state level we donated $250 to the Connecticut Children's Medical Center. This money can be used to help sick children in CT. On the national level, we donated $250 to the Pediatric Cancer Foundation. With this they can be one step closer to a cure for cancer with advances in treatment and equipment. We also donated $500 to the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation. This money goes directly towards research. Many students also joined in the CF walk on May 16 in support of local families who are affected by the disease. On an international level, after learning about how important clean water is to health and how millions of people in third world countries don't have access to clean water on a daily basis, we decided to donate $3500 towards building a well in Africa. This will help provide access to clean, safe water and improve hygiene practices in areas of greatest need in South Sudan.
RMS also held multiple canned food drives. The collected cans were sent to the Salvation Army so that they could be distributed to people in need. We also hosted a blood drive in May. Students were able to recruit donors, make snacks and volunteer at the drive. We were able to get 49 pints of blood which will be separated and used on up to 147 Connecticut patients in need. Thanks to all of the students and parents that have taken part in this work! We couldn't have done this without our amazing student body, homeroom representatives, and supporting teachers and staff.
Amber L.- Student Council Secretary