CHAMPION Deaf class collects for Red Cross



Donations were matched by an unidentified community supporter.
CHAMPION -- Students in Champion High School's deaf education program recently completed a community service project to aid the victims of the Sept. 11 tragedy.
A coin collection project raised $872.64 for the American Red Cross.
Nikki Fullerton, a sophomore in the program, said the first time she and other deaf education students watched the news about the terrorist attacks, they felt bad.
"Then we had an idea," she said. "Why not help by collecting money?"
Two weeks after the attack, the class developed the project, designed to incorporate various academic subjects and promote daily living skills and citizenship.
Students volunteered and made signs and posters to advertise the program throughout the school. They scheduled volunteers to cover the collection table in the cafeteria for three lunch periods each day through Dec. 20.
"We are happy that people worked together for our country," said Bobbie Sue Barry, a sophomore.
Students collected $436.31, which was matched by an unidentified community supporter.
"This program demonstrated tremendous leadership on the part of these students," said Jennifer Stasiak, deaf education teacher working through Trumbull County Educational Service Center.

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