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Birmingham Students Present Famine Check

Students at Birmingham High School in Van Nuys Thursday presented Los Angeles school board members Rita Walters and Roberta Weintraub with a check for $8,108.18 raised as part of the “L.A. Students Make a Miracle” project for Ethiopian famine relief.

It was the second highest amount raised by a school in the district. Fairfax High in Los Angeles raised $10,000. Los Angeles students have contributed $340,000 for medical and emergency supplies to help Ethiopian famine victims.

The Los Angeles fund-raising campaign began in response to a friendly challenge issued by students of New York City public schools, who raised $250,000 for Ethiopian relief.

Birmingham students gave up junk food and soft drinks for a week and donated the money they would have spent on the snacks to the drive. They also sponsored car washes, bake sales, movies and a lunchtime walk-a-thon in which students collected money for every mile they walked around the school track.

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“Money is still coming in,” said Louis Ramirez, director of student activities at Birmingham. “We think we’ll hit our goal of $10,000, but it’s going to take a little longer than we expected.”


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