AMIkids students present check to American Red Cross for Haiti Relief

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The students, staff and volunteers of AMIkids have been moved to action by the recent devastation in Haiti. AMIkids’ students from across the country held events in their local areas to raise funds for the American Red Cross’s Haiti Relief Fund. Students will join together in Tampa on Friday, March 5, 2010 at 11:00 a.m. to present the check for over $43,000 to Linda Carbone, CEO of the American Red Cross, Tampa at the AMIkids Headquarters at 5915 Benjamin Center Drive, Tampa.

AMIkids Piedmont student views photos from the destruction in Haiti

It is invaluable for our kids’ personal growth to help the people in Haiti who have significantly larger needs than their own. We are so moved by the outpouring of compassion from our students.

The students, staff and volunteers of AMIkids have been moved to action by the recent devastation in Haiti. AMIkids’ students from across the country held events in their local areas to raise funds for the American Red Cross’s Haiti Relief Fund. Students will join together in Tampa on Friday, March 5, 2010 at 11:00 a.m. to present the check for over $43,000 to Linda Carbone, CEO of the American Red Cross, Tampa at the AMIkids Headquarters at 5915 Benjamin Center Drive, Tampa.

Funds raised by the kids were generously matched dollar for dollar by a friend of AMIkids. AMIkids is a national non-profit organization dedicated to providing a promising future to troubled youth who were on the wrong path or have failed in conventional school settings.

The recent earthquake in Haiti has claimed hundreds of thousands of lives and left countless others in suffering, including children. In the course of learning more about the tragedy, the students of AMIkids felt it was their responsibility to organize this event to contribute in some way. AMIkids CEO O.B. Stander said, “It is invaluable for our kids’ personal growth to help the people in Haiti who have significantly larger needs than their own. We are so moved by the outpouring of compassion from our students.”

Particularly notable are AMIkids Bennettsville and AMIkids Infinity Marlboro (Bennettsville, South Carolina) students who paired one on one with members of the Bennettsville Police Department and raised nearly $6,000 for the relief fund. Some of these are kids who have had negative contact with the police department in the past, but took the opportunity to work side by side with members of law enforcement to help those suffering from the earthquake.

Youth throughout Louisiana, many of whom were survivors or displaced from Hurricane Katrina, got involved in the efforts, as well. Kids held car washes, fund drives and wrote letters to their community asking for help.

In rural Piedmont, South Carolina, the kids at AMIkids Piedmont offered yard clean up services in the local community to raise funds. After their efforts, the school had a presentation from a local doctor who traveled to Haiti to assist with medical needs in the area. It was an opportunity for the kids to see, first hand, the lives they would impact.

AMIkids WINGS South Florida (girls program in Miami, Florida) creatively overcame the challenges of fundraising with pregnant girls, moms and babies by having a crafts and bake sale at their local grocery store.

The funds raised by AMIkids students will be used to support the American Red Cross’s efforts to provide food, water, shelter and medical assistance to the residents of Haiti.

Since 1969, AMIkids has partnered with local communities to help more than 100,000 misguided youth develop into responsible and productive citizens. AMIkids programs focus on family values, education, character building and experiential learning. For more information, visit http://www.amikids.org.

For additional information, contact Sherri Ulleg at 727.512.3233.

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