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Roanoke Catholic seniors exceed Hurricane Harvey Relief fundraising goal

Roanoke Catholic School seniors officially ended their Hurricane Harvey Relief fund drive – which featured all teachers and staff wearing the student uniform – when they mailed off a $9,438.35 check on Oct. 5 to the Society of St. Vincent de Paul in Houston.

The 37 members of the Class of 2018 began the fund drive on Sept. 1 for the Society of St. Vincent de Paul’s “House in a Box” program for Houston families who lost their homes from flooding. Every $2,100 raised provides a family of four with new beds, furniture, kitchen supplies, and other household items.

The students set a goal to raise $6,300 by Sept. 11 for three “Houses in a Box.” Meanwhile, teachers and staff agreed that for every $150 raised, one of them would dress in the RCS school uniform on Sept. 15. If the goal was met, all faculty and staff would be in uniform and all students would earn an out-of-uniform pass on that day.

In just 11 days, the drive ended up raising enough to pay for nearly five “Houses in a Box.”

On Sept. 15, RCS teachers and staff fulfilled their pledge.

“Coming together as a community to support Hurricane Harvey relief has been exciting and rewarding,” says senior A.J. Bennett. Classmate Jared Grinde agreed: “We are blessed to have such a generous and supportive community in our school and beyond.”