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Greenfield district students raise $1,300 for homeless

The Bakersfield Californian
Thursday, Feb 15 2007 10:15 PM
Last Updated: Thursday, Feb 15 2007 10:20 PM

Students in the Greenfield Union School District raised more than $1,300 for the homeless during the Quarters4Kids coin-collection drive.

The funds will go toward Homeless Quarters, a nonprofit that helps people move from homelessness to self-sufficiency.

Kern Schools Federal Credit Union will match the entire amount; The Californian contributed $500; and Mayor Harvey Hall donated $450 to the campaign.

Other businesses or individuals are welcome to make contributions, said Russell Travis, founder of Homeless Quarters. He's a sociology professor at Cal State Bakersfield.

In 2006, students raised more than $900. Those funds were matched, too, by the mayor and the credit union.

Travis is amazed at how much the students raised this year in about two weeks.

"It's a poor district; the kids need money themselves," he said.

Teachers used lesson plans about homelessness as part of the fundraising campaign. Students learned about the stereotypes of the homeless population and reasons why people may live on the streets.

Travis would like to see other school districts in the county take up the program.

Schools that are interested in participating may call Steve Sanders at the Kern County Superintendent of Schools office, 861-5213.

For more information about how to help, go to www.homelessquarters.org.

Travis is working on bringing the Homeless Quarters program to Portland, Ore., he said.

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