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SAS Puxi Elementary Students Help Haiti Cause

February, 2010
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Students of the Shanghai American School (SAS) Puxi campus elementary school showed great support for Haiti in a charity event organized by the Grade 5 Eagle Leaders called ‘Step up 4 Haiti.’

Haiti was struck by a devastating 7.0 magnitude earthquake, which tore down buildings, destroyed towns and left millions of people homeless and not a single school in the capital of Port-au-Prince was left standing.

From January 29 to February 8, the students in at SAS Puxi Elementary made a commitment to help out. Working in cooperation with the elementary PE teachers, t he Eagle Leaders came up with the idea of a step-a-thon to take place during the PE classes.

“This is a devastating disaster and we thought it was important to ‘step up’ and help out,” said Kristina Anderson, Elementary Counselor. “When asked what we could do about this, our global-minded fifth grade Eagle Leaders came up with this plan to raise funds for the people of Haiti.”

During the ‘Step up 4 Haiti’ event, all elementary students were given pedometers in their PE classes to count how many steps they took around the gym in a half hour period. Teachers were also allowed to walk. Parents and friends sponsored the students by giving donations for the number of steps the children took, or by giving a general donation to the cause.

“I thought it was a fun and active way to raise money for a country that needs of lots of help,” said fourth grader Matthew Easton.

When the students were finished with the walk, their PE teachers gave them a certificate showing how many steps they took and how much money they donated..

All donations raised from this event went to UNICEF, which will donate the money to children in Haiti affected by the disaster.

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