A group of Fort Dodge Senior High students is launching a schoolwide effort to assist those affected by Hurricane Sandy.
After seeing the widespread devastation on the East Coast last week, students in Andi Adams' Fundamentals of Leadership class stepped up to see what they could do to help the victims by launching Operation Sandy at the school.
"Our class is all about service leadership," said FDSH junior Shelby Portz. "Another student in class, Tyler Vaughn, came up with an idea that we could do something to raise money for the victims of Hurricane Sandy."
The idea came about when the father of a past Fundamentals of Leadership student was sent to New York to work with a crew from MidAmerican Energy in power restoration efforts.
"We all sat down together and filled up the whole board with ideas on things we could do,"said senior Megan Gibson.
The group presented the idea to the school board and received approval from Superintendent Doug Van Zyl on Oct. 31.
Activities at the high school include a staff jeans day today, during which teachers and staff can wear blue jeans to school for a $5 donation, and a hat day Friday, which will allow students to wear a hat in school for a $2 donation. All of the funds raised will be donated to the American Red Cross to be distributed as needed to hurricane relief efforts.
The students also hope to expand the project beyond the high school to include the middle and elementary school students.
"We're hoping maybe we can do a pop day or stuffed animal day where they can pay to bring pop or a stuffed animal to school," said Gibson.
Although the class ends Tuesday with the conclusion of the first trimester of the school year, students involved plan to keep the fundraising efforts going for two weeks.
"Everyone in class had three businesses to go to and get donations," said Portz.
An Operation Sandy envelope has been placed in the FDSH office for additional donations.
Anyone interested in contributing to the project can contact Gibson at 570-7813, email firstname.lastname@example.org or bring donations to the FDSH office, 819 N 25th St.