by: CONTRIBUTED PHOTO: JACKIE BROCKA - Kindergarten students at St. Therese School emptied their piggy banks, raising more than $300 and filling boxes of personal items for typhoon relief in the Philippines. The school worked with the company LBC Express.

Gresham students from St. Therese School and Dexter McCarty Middle School are rallying to help families in the Philippines affected by Typhoon Haiyan.

The powerful storm struck the southern Philippines Friday, Nov. 8, killing more than 5,200 people and leaving thousands injured and missing.

After looking at aerial pictures of the devastation, 23 students in Jackie Brocka’s kindergarten class at St. Therese School brought in their piggy banks, allowances and change, raising more than $300 within a week.

Students also filled an entire box with toothbrushes, tooth paste and soap for LBC Express, a company aiding with typhoon relief.

“We have a large Filipino community here at St. Therese and the impact of the storm is felt around our school,” Brocka said. “One of our favorite songs at church is called ‘Never Too Young’ and the message definitely resonated this week.”

by: OUTLOOK PHOTO: JIM CLARK - Dexter McCarty students who helped raise money for the Red Cross Philippines disaster relief are allowed to use the schools computers during their break time.

Meanwhile, at Dexter McCarty, students participated in a “text-in” to Red Cross this week, raising $1,271 for the national and Cascades branches of the disaster relief organization.

Students texted “Redcross” to a number, with $10 donated via their phone bill. Students also could bring in cash donations.

In return, students who donated had the privilege of using school or personal technology, such as iPads, during their recess.

Cindy Silveira, chief development officer of the Oregon Region of the American Red Cross, told students at a lunch presentation the money would help deliver supplies to the Philippines.

It also will help aid tornado victims in the Midwest and help Oregon families who have been displaced by a fire or natural disaster.

“It’s you guys who make this possible,” Silveira told students.

by: OUTLOOK PHOTO: JIM CLARK - Cindy Silveira, chief development officer of the Oregon Region of the American Red Cross, speaks to students at Dexter McCarty Middle School, thanking them for raising money to send to the Philippines for disaster relief.

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