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WCPS Students Collect Donations for Maryland Food Banks and Monetary Donations for Japan Earthquake Victims

HAGERSTOWN, MD (May 20, 2011) – The Maryland State Department of Education (MSDE) saluted schools and students statewide today for their efforts in raising donations in two recent campaigns. Students from 573 Maryland public schools raised more than 400,000 pounds of food and over $123,000, to donate to local food banks through the Maryland Food Bank and Harvest for the Hungry. In addition, students from 263 schools raised almost $171,000 for earthquake victims in Japan, in a partnership with the American Red Cross Central Maryland Chapter.

Boonsboro High School received special recognition for its student-led effort to raise money through the Maryland Kids Care: Collecting Pennies (and More) campaign to assist relief efforts in Japan. Boonsboro High raised the largest amount of any school in the state: $6,233.68, and was saluted during a ceremony at MSDE today.

Maugansville Elementary School students led Washington County’s effort in collecting food donations as part of the statewide Kids Helping Kids Campaign. Counselor Karen King coordinated a competition among classrooms, which led to a total collection of 1,912 pounds of food. All participating schools collected a total of 7,384 pounds of food in Washington County

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