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11/29/2013 6:05:00 AM
Golden Valley students organize typhoon relief
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After reading a Facebook message about the lack of interest young people show in world events such as the destruction caused by Typhoon Haiyan, Ramon Chavez (in khaki shorts) gathered a group of his friends at Black Mountain Middle School to raise relief funds for residents of the Philippines most impacted by the storm.
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After reading a Facebook message about the lack of interest young people show in world events such as the destruction caused by Typhoon Haiyan, Ramon Chavez (in khaki shorts) gathered a group of his friends at Black Mountain Middle School to raise relief funds for residents of the Philippines most impacted by the storm.

Suzanne Adams-Ockrassa
Miner Staff Reporter


KINGMAN - When Black Mountain Middle School eighth grader Ramon Chavez spotted a snotty Facebook post on Nov. 8 stating that the youth of today are unwilling to help out the victims of Typhoon Haiyan, he knew he had to prove that person wrong.

"I don't remember who posted it or what it said exactly. I just commented that we could do something," Chavez said.

Before the clock struck midnight on Nov. 8, Chavez had reached out to all of his friends and classmates through Facebook and created a Facebook page called "Helping The Philippines."

The Facebook page had 282 likes Wednesday. It can be found at https://www.facebook.com/#!/pages/Helping-The-Philippines/682110818489477. The page's profile photo is a map of the Philippines.

When the following Monday rolled around, Chavez and more than a dozen of his classmates started building a series of fundraisers.

The students split into groups, with one group taking on the construction of a fundraising website called "Help the Philippines" at http://goldenvalleyms.wix.com/helpthephilippines. The website includes a donation link, where people can donate to each of the different fundraisers the students are working on. The students also hope to connect the site to a PayPal account. Donations can also be dropped off at Black Mountain Middle School, 3404 Santa Maria Road, Golden Valley, AZ 86413.

Another group is working on a penny collection war between the different grade levels at the school.

A third group started work on setting up a bake sale at American Legion Post 22 in Golden Valley. A fourth group is working with the American Legion Post to set up a pancake breakfast. The dates and times of both events have yet to be determined but Chavez said they were looking at around Dec. 14.

A fifth group is researching an online site that will let the students design their own T-shirts to sell. The site will sell the shirts. If the kids sell more than 50 shirts, the cost of the T-shirts will be covered and the money collected will be sent to the Red Cross and United Nations Children's Relief Fund.

The students are also trying to organize a walk-a-thon, where donors would pledge a set amount per mile the students walked. The students are still working on a date and time for this event.

Chavez even recruited his English teacher.

"We were learning how to write letters in English class and I asked the teacher if we could write to local businesses to raise money," he said.

The students have mailed more than 100 letters to local businesses and are eagerly awaiting responses.

Chavez said this is the first time he's ever organized a fundraiser like this.

"I really took that Facebook post to heart," he said. "I wanted to do something. My friends all thought I was crazy, but the more I explained it, the more they wanted to help out."

He said he doesn't have a set money goal in mind.

"Hopefully we'll collect enough to make a difference," Chavez said.



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Related Links:
• Student Facebook page
• Help the Philippines


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Reader Comments

Posted: Sunday, December 1, 2013
Article comment by: Laurie Voss Barthlow

Way to go, Ramon!! Good work Black Mountain! You make KUSD proud!

Posted: Sunday, December 1, 2013
Article comment by: Al DiCicco

Very nice children indeed. You are the future. Thank you for showing love and caring.

Posted: Friday, November 29, 2013
Article comment by: Valerie Smith

I'm so very proud of Ramon and his friends. Ramon his self has had a road to climb. But he has a heart of gold, And I'm glad he's doing something to give back. He's a excellent student and nephew, and so proud of him. Aunt Valerie Keep up the good work and know you have my support..

Posted: Friday, November 29, 2013
Article comment by: Serenity Lane

Hi! I am one of the eighth graders that attend Golden Valley Middle School, and I am so glad you took notice of what the steps we're taking in this journey to help the Philippines. I was wondering if you could make a column for the the pancake breakfast for the Philippines, so we can get as many donations as possible! Thank you for your support!
Sincerely,
Serenity Lane




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