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Accounting Class Donates To Red Cross

Posted 5/4/2017

HHS Accounting students donated $300 to the American Red Cross using proceeds from their Market Day sales. Back row (left to right): Dylan Goodman, Keaton O’Neal, Justin McMurry, Sidney Chapple, Randi Pugh, Devin Hughes and Dominique Williams. Middle row (left to right): John Jewett, Samantha Schroeder, Caileen Walters, Carter Zongker, Guad Zamora, Baylor Bohling, Front: Jennifer Sanders and Peyton Carr. 
HHS Accounting students donated $300 to the American Red Cross using proceeds from their Market Day sales. Back row (left to right): Dylan Goodman, Keaton O’Neal, Justin McMurry, Sidney Chapple, Randi Pugh, Devin Hughes and Dominique Williams. Middle row (left to right): John Jewett, Samantha Schroeder, Caileen Walters, Carter Zongker, Guad Zamora, Baylor Bohling, Front: Jennifer Sanders and Peyton Carr. By Jared Janzen

HALSTEAD—Halstead High School’s Accounting I and II class made a $300 donation to the American Red Cross on Tuesday. This was money raised during the class’s sales on Market Day, April 10.

The class was divided into two groups, which each created a Jell-O-based item to sell to students and staff during lunchtime. One group made Jell-O slushies and the other made strawberry Jell-O cupcakes. Both groups’ sales were extremely successful, with the cupcakes selling out before second lunch period even started, and the slushies also selling out.

The Accounting class, taught by Carla Warner, chooses a charity to donate its Market Day proceeds to each year. In past years, they’ve given to Victory in the Valley of Wichita, which provides support to cancer patients, and the year before that the money went toward buying turkeys for a community Thanksgiving meal.

This year students chose to give their proceeds the Red Cross to help their response to the wildfires across Kansas earlier this year. Jennifer Sanders, American Red Cross executive director of the south central southeast Kansas region, visited the class Tuesday morning to tell students about the Red Cross’s efforts assisting those affected by the wildfires.

The fires started in early March and burned 700,000 acres across 19 counties. Approximately 40 homes were destroyed, and there was one fatality. Sanders said that during a three-day period, the Red Cross provided 5,640 meals to responders and those affected, plus an additional 3,888 snacks. The Red Cross also had overnight shelters set up.

Sanders said nearly $25,000 has been donated to the Red Cross so far in response to the recent Kansas wildfires, including high school classes like Halstead.