Los Angeles Schools to Stage Quake Aid Drive

From a Times Staff Writer

Prompted by a groundswell of concern over the deaths, injuries and damage caused in Mexico by last week’s earthquakes, the Los Angeles Unified School District will conduct a 12-day campaign to raise $250,000 to aid victims of the quake, it was announced Friday.

Student body presidents of the district’s 49 high schools met with Board of Education Member Larry Gonzalez and American Red Cross representatives at Hamilton High School to discuss plans for the Sept. 30-Oct. 11 drive.

Patrick Spencer, district spokesman, said that money collected in the campaign through direct contributions and by such fund-raising activities as dances, bake sales and car washes will be deposited in individual student body accounts, then transferred to the Red Cross by check.

“I think we will have a good response. We had a terrific response last May and June when we did the drive for Ethopia and raised more than $450,000,” Spencer said.

About 295,000 of the district’s students, more than half the total enrollment, are Latino, he said, adding that after the devastating quakes struck, the district office received calls from schools wanting to do something to help.