Fundraiser for homeless welcomes involvement

Kathryn Bruno, Staff Reporter

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If you knew that the student sitting next to you in class’s family was struggling to pay for food, clothing, transportation, and housing would you do anything to help? If you wished to, where would you start?

English teacher Darcie Murray and students have been helping Lake Park’s homeless student population for 17 years through various projects to serve student in need. They have done so by creating Together Helping Others (THO), and you can now get involved too.

THO’s two bake sales this year are this Friday at East Campus, and the following Friday, Nov 9, at West, during all lunch hours. Volunteer bakers are always welcome; anyone interested can sign up here for East, and here for West.

In 2001 a past student reached out to Mrs.Murray sharing that their child that had just passed away and they were in search of financial assistance. They hoped to raise $10,000, so Murray and other Lancer volunteers created a Bowl-A-Thon to help reach this goal.

Ever since, the group’s committee, consisting of Assistant Principal Jessica Foster, Activities Director Dominic Manola, and teachers Kimberly Murphy and Murray, has identified an issue in the Lake Park student body, but has mainly focused on the homeless population. They have raised money through the annual Bowl-A-Thon, bakes sales, t-shirt sales, and other various fundraisers.

“The goal is to always raise as much money as possible,” Murray said. “There’s no amount, per se, but we consistently raise $1,500 to $3,000 per year to put into the trust account that support staff draws from to help our students and their families.” 

Financials set aside, you can volunteer and various other ways.

Students can “participate in any way they feel so inclined: designing tshirts, designing posters, spreading the word, buying a shirt, baking treats, working through their lunch period,” Murray said.

If you wish to get involved contact Mrs. Murray at [email protected] or stop by room 217E. Let her know how you would like to get involved and if you have any ideas. A simple donation of your finances or time can make a large difference in others’ lives, often in ways we can’t even imagine.

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