January 26, 2010
Chicago Public Schools is inviting its entire community of employees, families and students to participate in a District-wide collection to benefit Haitian relief on Wednesday, January 27.
All proceeds from the “CPS Culture of Caring: Haiti Relief” will be donated to the American Red Cross to support that organization’s relief efforts. The effort is being coordinated by the CPS External Affairs and Partnerships Office.
Fliers were sent home with CPS students informing them of the coordinated one-day campaign. The flier included a message from Chicago Board of Education Vice President Clare Muñana, CPS Chief Executive Officer Ron Huberman and Chief Education Officer Barbara-Eason Watkins.
“At the Chicago Public Schools, we seek to promote a culture of caring. We want to equip our students to be global citizens who know the value of helping others,” the message said. “In response to the crisis facing Haiti in the aftermath of the earthquakes there, we are offering the CPS community an opportunity to lend a hand to people affected by the disaster.”
“On Wednesday, CPS students and staff are invited to contribute whatever they can – even quarters will add up. These funds will be donated to the American Red Cross to support relief work in Haiti so the people there can receive food, water and medical care.”
Donations, from those who choose to participate, will be collected in schools throughout the city and at Central Office. No donations of food or other items can be accepted as part of this specific campaign. A number of CPS schools have scheduled other donation efforts within their own school communities.
Once the voluntary contributions have been collected and aggregated from all District sources, a single donation will be made to the American Red Cross.
For additional information about the Culture of Caring campaign or other school-based Haiti relief activities, please contact the CPS External Affairs and Partnerships Office at (773) 553-1588.
Chicago Public Schools serves 417,855 students in 675 schools. It is the nation’s third-largest school district.