China's flag flies at half-mast
over Tiananmen Square to
mourn earthquake victims.
On May 12, a 7.9 earthquake rocked the southwestern province of Sichuan China. This major earthquake devastated the area leaving thousands either dead or missing. This new earthquake named the Wenchuan earthquake, after the city in which the epicenter was located, has left about 4.8 million people homeless. The statistics confirmed as of June 1st state that there are approximately 69,016 dead, 385,545 injured, and 18,830 missing. This earthquake is the most devastating earthquake to hit China since the 1976 Tangshan earthquake.
Roughly 7,000 miles away, here at James Logan, two students took it upon themselves to help raise money toward relief efforts. Juniors Suzanne Wu and Jane Tian felt that they needed to get the Logan community involved. So they wrote Logan Principal Don Montoya an email entailing their plan to raise money for the victims in China. They devised a drive in which all the money raised would be donated to the Red Cross to be used as needed in China.
“Most of the money will most likely be used towards tents and food,” said Montoya
The drive lasted from Tuesday May 27 to Friday May 30. Money was collected for the cause during second period throughout the week and counted on Friday. A total of 3796 dollars were collected as a total for the three drives happening on campus.
“ I donated, I have to help out my people!” said Jessica Yano, a senior.
The money raised will be presented to the Red Cross on Monday for use in relief efforts.