January 20, 2010<br />Lending a Hand<br />Here are some ways you can help the earthquake victims in Haiti<br />By Vickie An and TFK Kid Reporter Tyler Jakubek<br />The January 12 earthquake in Haiti has left more than 1.5 million people without shelter, food, clean water or electricity. You can help bring medical care and other basic necessities to quake victims by donating to the following organizations, raising money on your own, or by simply spreading the word. Everyone can make a difference and every dollar counts.<br />GEORGE SKENE—ORLANDO SENTINEL/APFlorida third grader Brooke Booth, 9, donated the money she earned from her lemonade stand to the earthquake victims in Haiti. <br />Remember: Always ask your parents for permission and do research before giving money to any organization.<br />American Red CrossThe Red Cross is an emergency response organization founded by Clara Barton in 1881. Today, the Red Cross has nearly 1 million volunteers and more than 700 locally supported chapters in the United States. The Westfield/Mountainside, New Jersey, chapter is contributing to the efforts by collecting donations and publicizing the Red Cross fundraising campaign. With your parents' permission, text the word "
to 90999 to give $10, which will be charged to your cell phone bill. Or, to donate online, visit redcross.org.<br />Hope For Haiti NowThe "
Hope For Haiti Now"
telethon aired on January 22 on all of the major TV networks and several other cable channels. Actor George Clooney organized the star-studded event, which has raised $58 million and counting. The two-hour telethon included performances by Taylor Swift, Beyonce and more. To donate online, visit hopeforhaitinow.org.<br />ALAN DIAZ—APVolunteers in Miami, Florida, sort donations for the earthquake victims in Haiti.<br />The Clinton Bush Haiti FundPresident Barack Obama asked former Presidents Bill Clinton and George W. Bush to assist in raising funds for immediate relief and long-term recovery in Haiti. They established this fund for this purpose. With your parents' permission, text the word "
to 20222 to give $10, charged to your cell phone bill. Or, to donate online, visit clintonbushhaitifund.org.<br />UNICEFUNICEF provides children with health care, clean water, nutrition, education, emergency relief and more. To donate online, visit unicefusa.org. Or call 1-800-FOR-KIDS to donate by phone.<br />Samaritan's FeetThis charity gives shoes to needy children in the United States and around the world. The group is hoping to raise $10,000 to ship 10,000 shoes to quake victims in Haiti. With your parents' permission, text the word "
to 85944 to donate $5, charged to your cell phone bill. Learn more about the organization at samaritansfeet.org. <br />Free the ChildrenFree the Children was founded by 12-year-old Craig Kielburger in 1995. Today, it is the world's largest network of children helping children through education. The organization has partnered with aid groups in Haiti to provide immediate assistance to quake victims. To donate online, visit freethechildren.com.<br />Kids Helping Haiti<br />Students across the nation are teaming up to help earthquake victims in Haiti<br />By Jill Lederman | January 27 , 2010 <br />Map: Jim McMahon <br />Students in Pennsylvania are collecting pennies in jars. Fourth-graders in Iowa are holding a lollipop sale. Kids in a Michigan school are going class to class to ask for donations. And a school in New Jersey asked kids to pay a dollar to wear regular clothes instead of their uniforms. These are just some examples of how kids are raising money to help Haiti. A very destructive earthquake struck that Caribbean nation last month. Tens of thousands of people died, and many more were injured. The nation’s capital, Port-au-Prince, and surrounding areas were left in ruins. It’s likely to take many months—even years—for Haiti to recover from this earthquake. Haiti was already a very poor nation. Getting water, food, and medical aid to people there remains an urgent need. Experts say the best way to help is to donate money to groups carrying out relief efforts. People worldwide have answered that call. Kids across America are doing their part too. <br />Kids in Renea Boles’s fourth-grade class in Glenside, Pennsylvania, were saving pennies to help pay for a new school playground. But they decided the people of Haiti need that money more. “The kids there don’t even have a school, and we’ll still have a playground,” said Lucy, a student in Ms. Boles’s class. <br />Her classmate Julie says helping people makes her feel proud. “Supporting and helping people reminds me of how lucky I am, and . . . that everything isn’t always about me. To help others is always the right thing to do,” she said.<br />right0THINK AND WRITERead today's story about kids raising money to help earthquake victims in Haiti, then use what you've learned to respond to this writing prompt Download it here! <br />MORE NEWS FOR KIDS<br />Get the latest on national and international events, movies, television, music, sports, and more from Scholastic News Online.<br />Scholastic Store<br />The Scholastic Store Sunrise Over Fallujahby Walter Dean Myers Operation Iraqi Freedom, that's the code name. But the young men and women in the military's Civil Affairs Battalion have a simpler name for it: WAR.In this new novel, Walter Dean Myers looks at a contemporary war with the same power and searing insight he brought to the Vietnam war of his classic, "
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