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Santa Barbara Junior High Students Make a Difference

Students presenting check to Direct ReliefDuring the fall semester, seventh-grade students from Santa Barbara Junior High organized a Direct Relief Club to conduct a relief drive for victims of Hurricane Matthew, a devastating category 5 tropical storm which left thousands of people in America’s southeast homeless and in need of basic assistance.

In keeping with holiday spirit, students at the junior high wanted to help and organized a one-month drive during first-period classes. Teacher William Zeledon said, “Thanks to the generous and competitive nature of these fabulous kids, the drive collected over $1,000 to help with continued Direct Relief efforts to assist victims of Hurricane Matthew.”

In appreciation, two representatives from Direct Relief, a Goleta-based company dedicated to providing humanitarian assistance around the world, recently visited the campus to accept the check from seventh-grade student Olivia Seltzer, president of the school’s Direct Relief Club, and to share recent experiences assisting people in need on the island nation of Haiti.