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North High students collect supplies

February 28, 2006

North Hagerstown High School students and staff and community members have collected school supplies and resources as part of a statewide student council initiative to provide assistance for hurricane ravaged areas of the Southeast.

The collection focused on sister school Salmen High School in Slidell, La. The school was demolished because of extensive damage from Hurricane Katrina, and more than 90 percent of the student population still is homeless, according to a press release from Washington County Public Schools.

Student councils across Maryland coordinated the collection of more than 1,000 book bags filled with school supplies, including paper, pencils, pens, folders, scissors and other items. The bags were designed for all grade levels, and representatives of Salmen High School will distribute the elementary and middle school bags to their feeder schools, according to the press release. More than 200 resource packets containing basic supplies for teachers were collected. The items included pens, pencils, staplers, pencil sharpeners, hole punches, copy paper and file folders.

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North High Student Government Association President Ben O'Kane said it has been a heart-warming task.

"It is with great honor and the utmost sincerity that we have taken on this challenge as an opportunity to have a positive impact on these students and their families," O'Kane said in the press release.

Volvo Powertrain contributed a rented truck to transport the supplies last Friday, Students loaded the truck in preparation for the delivery and drivers Danny Baker and Vic Kronstadt donated their time to take the supplies to Louisiana.

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