A group of SLHS students plan to spend four days this coming June helping with hurricane relief through the National Relief Network. The trip is slated to cost almost $25,000 for 41 students, or about $600 per student.
To help cover the cost of the trip, the group plans to host several fundraisers. Ideas include a night of the arts, working with area restaurants for a percentage of sales to benefit the trip, a letter-writing campaign and a can drive. The group soon plans to finalize their fundraising events.
The group plans to help communities devastated by hurricanes in the U.S., but they could be sent somewhere closer to Michigan if a natural disaster occurs before the June trip.
When hurricanes left a path of destruction and devastation, junior Karenna Johnson wanted to find a way to help. Johnson said she has family who live in Texas, so the issue hits especially close to home.
The 16-year-old said she feels privileged to have the ability to work with her classmates and help others.
“It makes me feel like I’m making a difference in this world,” Johnson said.
Anyone interested in donating to the relief trip can make checks payable to Spring Lake Public Schools. The memo line should indicate “relief trip.” Donations can be sent to Spring Lake High School in care of David Theune, 16140 148th Ave., Spring Lake, MI 49456.