Haiti Relief Roundup
Valle Crucis Principal Wayne Eberle has a problem.
"If the kids raise over $1,000 [for Haiti], I said I'll sit on the roof," he said.
So far, students have raised more than $900 for American Red Cross (ARC) disaster relief efforts in Haiti. The farther the temperature drops, the more nervous Eberle gets.
How long's his sentence?
"Not very long, I'll tell you that," he said.
Fourth grade teacher and event organizer Debbie Glover said he's dead wrong.
"No, he has to spend the day on the roof," she said. "We've made that clear to him. We want you to print that, the day on the roof."
Valle Crucis Elementary students observed Hearts for Haiti month in February and, thanks to blustery school cancellations, the event continues this week.
Glover already painted and sold 500 wooden hearts to students. They're currently on display in the foyer, and that's not the only fundraising effort for Haiti.
The school's "Red Cross Truck" drives through the cafeteria and outside at pickup. "As parents drop kids off and pick them up, they'll hand you a dollar or a quarter," Glover said, and that change is starting to add up.
The fundraiser culminates Friday in Hats for Haiti Day, a day when students can break the rules and wear hats if they donate a dollar to the cause. "It's one of those days where we can suspend [the rules] for a good cause," Eberle said.
Glover expects to hit the thousand dollar mark any day now, and Eberle is preparing to pay up his end of the bargain. "[Eberle] thinks we're going to pick a warm day but we're not. It will be soon after we make our thousand dollars," she said.
Money raised goes directly to the Watauga County Chapter of the American Red Cross.
In other good news for the ARC, a raffle at local bookstore Black Bear Books resulted in $950 for the cause.
Richard Puckett was the winner and will take home the Haitian painting, donated by Blowing Rock collector John Schoo. "I was pleased," Schoo said in regards to the total.
Schoo not only donated a painting for the raffle, he also displayed several Haitian pieces at BBB to raise awareness of the crisis in Haiti.
Money raised goes directly to ARC relief efforts in Haiti. "They will spend it according to their needs," Watauga ARC director Sonny Sweet said.