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KIPP students donate to American Red Cross Haiti Relief Fund

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Uploaded on Sep 30, 2010

Three students from KIPP Charlotte Peyton Figueroa, Alexus Arnold and Michaela Caldwell presented a check for $500 to the American Red Cross Haiti Relief Fund on Friday, Sept. 24.

KIPP Charlotte is an open-enrollment, college prep middle school serving 365 students in grades 5-8. Students raise money for end-of-the-year field trips, through a program called "Denim Days", a program implemented by Prothero when she worked at KIPP Charlotte as Director of Development.

The program was created to give The Pride a break from their usual daily uniform and to encourage The Pride (the students) to become engaged in philanthropic activities. This year the students at KIPP Charlotte raised around $1,600. Typically, all the money raised helps send students on an end of the year field trip to visit colleges in places like Washington D.C., Atlanta, and New York City. This year, the students were adamant about giving part of the money to Haiti.

Prothero said, "The Pride made such a strong argument that they should use the money for Haiti not for the field trips. They even held debates and wrote letters to the School Leader to make their point!"

Visit the Red Cross website at www.redcross.org

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