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Posted: Tuesday, September 25, 2001 11:00 pm


Since the terrorist attacks on September 11. every school in the Northwest has been busy collecting money or products to donate to the victims in some form or another. They have also held numerous assemblies and special sessions in honor of the victims. These are a few of the events that are still continuing or that have detailed information.

Another Chance at Education

The ACE program set up hygiene product donation points at all Marana schools. These products were donated to the World Care organization last week. The program will continue to collect products at their location, 11279 W. Grier Road. 682-1015.

Coyote Trail Elementary School

The GEM class at Coyote Trail has made stationery packages on sale for $5, the proceeds of which will go to the victims of the terrorist attacks. In addition, the children are making condolence cards to send. The school is also accepting donations of money and toiletries for the Red Cross. To drop off items or buy a stationery packet, go to the main office. 8000 N. Silverbell Road. 616-3800.

DeGrazia Elementary School

The Student Council at DeGrazia Elementary is accepting donations of toiletries for the Red Cross. Donations can be dropped off in any classroom. 5051 W. Overton Road. 579-4800.

Desert Winds Elementary School

Students at Desert Winds Elementary School have created a flag made of handprints for display in the cafeteria. The students are also conducting a penny drive. Donations can be made in the main office. 12675 W. Rudasill Road. 616-4000.

Copper Creek Elementary

The Student Council at Copper Creek Elementary are raising money for the Red Cross to be donated Sept. 27. Donation spots are located in the main office, library and cafeteria. 11620 N. Copper Spring Trail. 696-6800.

Marana High School

Math teacher Judye Byrum collected over $500 for victims of the terrorists, which was doubled by Albertson's before being donated. "We're all just trying to remember, to be grateful for our blessings and families," said Byrum.

Mesa Verde Elementary School

Students at Mesa Verde organized a parade for the school and surrounding community to celebrate their patriotism. The parade, held last Friday, drew dozens of family and community members who helped wield signs proclaiming "Mesa Verde loves America."

Mountain View High School

The Student Council at Mountain View High School has started a clothing drive for victims of the terrorist attacks. Clothing can be dropped of in the Student Council Room. In addition, World Care has set up a drop-off spot in the main office, asking for items such as gloves and masks for the rescue workers. 3901 W. Linda Vista. 579-4400.

Picture Rocks Elementary

The students at Picture Rocks Elementary have made a "Banner of Well-Wishes" that they will mail to New York. In addition, they held a car wash at Picture Rocks Fire Department, raising $250 for the victims in New York.

Tortolita Middle School

Krista Corbus' class, in collaboration with World Care, created a fund-raiser called "Voices from the Middle," where children gathered pledges and had a run-a-thon.

The event, held Sept. 22, included music, food and speeches from the children. Over $6,000 was raised (See story page 19).


In two days, three Northwest area fire districts and Tucson Fire Department raised more than $257,000 for the families of the firefighters who died in the New York City terror attacks Sept. 11, said John Barbee, Northwest Fire and Rescue District union president. Golder Ranch, Northwest Fire, Drexel Heights and Tucson Fire, are members of the International Association of Fire Fighters and all the proceeds are being donated to the two affected fire departments in New York.

On Sept. 18 and 19, NWFD fire fighter union members stood in and around four major intersections throughout the Northwest with boots asking people to put whatever money they could into them, Barbee said. Some cars would throw a couple dollars, others would pull over and write them checks for $300, Barbee said.

One driver, with tears running down his face, placed four $100 bills in one of the boots, NWFD firefighter Stuart Rodeffer said.

Though it was a union function, all the NWFD firefighters were paid for participating and the district provided trucks and signs to give them high visibility. Bank of America gave Barbee use of the merchant window for several hours to count the $71,121 raised in the intersections.

Rural/Metro Fire Department also took donations from Sept. 15-17 all over the Northwest and raised about $115,000. Rural Metro firefighters are not members of IAFF, but the proceeds will also be going to the New York departments who lost firefighters in the attacks.


Red Cross: 318-6740 or 1-800-HELP-NOW

Salvation Army: 1-800-SAL-ARMY

United Way: (212) 251-4035

World Care: 514-1588 or

Giving FBI Info:

Helping Kids Cope: 1-88-88-ANXIETY or

Finding victims: 1-800-331-0075

Donating Blood: 1-800-GIVE-LIFE or 1-888-BLOOD-88

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