Euclid High School raises money for charities

Students at Euclid High School have participated in several charitable causes at the beginning of the 2010-2011 school year. This is part of an ongoing effort on behalf of the administration, staff, and students of Euclid High School to ensure their school is again viewed as a "Pillar of the Community."

Earlier this month, students and staff joined to raise over $1,600 for Hoops of Hope, a national fundraising effort designed to raise money for children in Africa. Students sought donations for a four-hour "Free-Throw-a-thon" held in the Daugherty Gymnasium. Over 60 students shot more than 250 free throws each. Local residents from the Police Athletic League joined in the effort to fill the gymnasium for the afternoon. "We love to play basketball, and it's great to do this for such an important cause," explained Derrol McCladdie, an EHS junior. The effort was a regional one, as Eastlake North and Mentor's Heisley Racquetball Club also hosted events.

The volleyball team also participated in a charitable effort by raising money for "Volley for the Cure," an organization dedicated to fighting breast cancer. Head Coach Tamika Drake has made this a Panther tradition during her tenure leading the program. Students also showed their concern for the cause by designating one of the "Spirit Week" days as "Breast Cancer Awareness" day with students and staff wearing pink to symbolize their support.

The Key Club sponsored an outreach program, which aimed at raising money for Rainbow Babies and Children's Hospital. Students were asked to donate money to one of two jars: the first with a picture of Principal Charlie Smialek, the second with a picture of Freshmen Academy Principal Ed Klein. At the end of three weeks, the administrator with the larger sum of money will shave his head live on the morning announcements. Senior Key Club leader, Amanda Burrell, noted, "I'm so glad the principals were willing to go through this to help us -it makes kids more willing to give their money!"

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Volume 1, Issue 7, Posted 3:24 PM, 10.19.2010