LAYTON—Even though most of the students at North Davis Preparatory Academy don’t even know anyone in Houston or Florida, they came together to raise money for disaster relief.
Recently, students presented the Northern Utah American Red Cross (NUARC) with a check for more than $2,000 to help fund efforts in the devastated areas.
“We’re kind of a family here,” said junior high science teacher Rhonda Adams. “A large amount of us had family who were affected by the flood in Houston. A lot of my family lost their homes. We felt the need to give back and make the kids aware of what was going on.”
Adams said the faculty wanted to do something and after seeing a program on TV about how some of the charitable donations go unused because they don’t have the people to get them where they need to go, it hit home and they decided to do a money donation.
“It moved me to tears at the kids’ response,” she said. “The advisory groups (home rooms) jumped at the chance. Since we have uniforms, the challenge was whoever raises the most they get a free dress day.”
Once the ball got rolling, the money started pouring in said Adams. “They were bringing in pennies, quarters, etc. and some parents wrote out checks for large amounts,” she said. “Our National Honor Society got on board and donated $200 of the funds they’d raised for their own activities. We raised over $2,000 and we only have about 1,000 students in the school. That is absolutely incredible.”
Gary Robinson, a disaster volunteer with the Red Cross accepted the check. “It teaches us to look beyond ourselves,” he said. “It helps to do something outside of yourself. We do so much for ourselves. Personally, I think giving makes the world a better place. Some people believe in the Bible, some people don’t, but it talks about charity as giving and love. It’s very important – period.”
Robinson assisted in the efforts in Houston. “I try to get out as much as I can,” he said. “I want to make a difference. It’s all about human efforts. We’re all just passing through – we’re not here forever. It’s heartwarming to me. These students are helping people they haven’t even met and don’t even know what they’re going through. That’s a bright spot for me.”
Adams said she wished the students could actually see what the money is used for and the impact it has. “Their hearts are the biggest I’ve ever seen,” she said. “That’s why I love teaching here. I’ve truly been touched by how much our students care. It’s been a humbling experience. I wish people could have seen it. They give us hope for the future.”