CCA Gets Involved in Haiti Relief Efforts

November 01, 2010 | Brian Harris

"Mr. Harris, can we not wear our uniforms?" This request is not uncommon, but what came next, and who the request came from, was. The request came from Susan Whitely, fourth-grade teacher. Her class had read about a school raising money for Haiti by allowing students to pay not wear uniforms, hence the question.

Cascade Christian Academy faculty in Wenatchee, Wash., decided students could pay $2 per day for one week not to wear their school uniforms, with all proceeds going to relief efforts in Haiti. By the end of the week the students raised $1,000. One student brought in a $100 check. "They really got excited about raising money for this cause," says Whitely.

Once the money had been raised, school members discovered a unique channel for the funds. The local Wenatchee (Wash.) Rotary club's world community service committee was purchasing water filtration and purification systems for distribution in Haiti. At a cost of only $50 each, these units provide up to 500 gallons of potable water a day, and it's even cleaner than U.S. bottled water.

Students were excited the CCA check for $1,000 to the Rotary club will go a long way to help provide these water filters for the people of Haiti.