On September 30, Doerre Intermediate School in Spring, Texas, held a staff-versus-student charity volleyball game that raised $1,200 to benefit Mercy Corps' efforts to fight hunger in the Horn of Africa.
The Doerre Culture Club decided to raise money for the Horn of Africa after discussing during a pizza party that children were starving in Somalia, according to school officials. The Culture Club is a group of 60 students that meets monthly to learn about other countries and pay respect to their school's cultural diversity.
The club members were struck by the disparity between the pizza party they were having and the desperate situation of families and children in Somalia. The club decided to raise money for Mercy Corps after researching the crisis on CNN.com and learning that Mercy Corps has helped more than a million people in the region survive.
Doerre Intermediate’s parent teacher organization spent five days selling tickets to students during lunchtime. The Culture Club publicized the event by making posters and hanging them around the school. During the game members of the student council sold concessions to raise even more money.
The students beat the staff three games to none in a fun- and laughter-filled game, according to Nikita and Natasha, twin sisters and club members who helped plan the event. About 300 people attended.
“The students hammered the teachers," the girls said. "It was really loud and wild. Everyone was excited to see the game."
Financial Secretary Carrol Reinert shared a story that to her illustrated the students’ commitment to the cause. Three days after the event, a student approached her and told her they’d found $10 that they wanted to donate. “For our students to show up like they did, and then give more money, just shows how huge their hearts are,” she said.
“The event was a simple way to make a big difference in the Horn of Africa,” added Assistant Principal Karen Kulhanek. "There’s no reason why other schools across the country couldn’t replicate it."