Parkway e-News Story

Parkway Students Raise Money, Make 'Kits 4 Kids' in Haiti

Students at 10 Parkway schools assembled more than 1,000 personal hygiene kits for kids in Haiti who have been devastated by the recent earthquake. Many other schools held fundraisers and collected items to benefit the Haitian people. 

The Missouri Department of Elementary and Secondary Education’s (DESE) sponsored the statewide Kits 4 Kids program. A Parkway crew picked up the kits and delivered them to a local drop-off point. The kits will be delivered to Haiti by Convoy of Hope, a relief organization based in Springfield, Missouri. Schools participating in Kits 4 Kids are Barretts, Bellerive, Hanna Woods, Highcroft Ridge, Mason Ridge, McKelvey, River Bend and Wren Hollow elementary schools; Central Middle and South High.

Other efforts to aid Haitians include:

  • West Middle teachers and students raised more than $2,500;
  • South High’s student council raised $2,000;
  • Central High collected $1,200; and
  • Mason Ridge collected more than $1,100 with a "Pajama Day" fundraiser.

In addition, Carman Trails, Central Middle, Craig, the Early Childhood Center, North High, Northeast Middle, South Middle and Southwest Middle held fundraisers, ranging from the sale of lollipops and talent show tickets to shoe donations. Henry Elementary's "Kids Care Club" collected peanut butter, soap and toothbrushes and West High's basketball team raised money for the Red Cross with "Hoops for Haiti."