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H.O.P.E. for Durfee

Brenna Riley '12
15 December 2011

Durfee High School has always been a school that tries to reach out to its students and community. When many new ideas of how to help started to pour in, some members of Durfee’s faculty came up with the H.O.P.E. Project. Started in November, the new group consists of faculty members who are working towards raising money for families within the Durfee community.

“We started the H.O.P.E. Project because often fundraising organizations focus on children under the age of 12 and our mission is to reach all children and more specifically our students. It's Durfee helping Durfee,” said H.O.P.E. Project team member and science teacher, Jennifer Bertoncini.

The H.O.P.E. project’s first fundraiser occurred the day before Thanksgiving at the pep rally. On this day the H.O.P.E. team raffled off baskets donated to the project. The raffle was quite successful raising over $550, by selling tickets to faculty members and students.

The H.O.P.E. Project team recently collected non-perishable food items, as well as hats and gloves. Collection boxes were placed in each department office. The holiday collection ended on Thursday, December 15.

Durfee can expect to see much more from the H.O.P.E. Project. The team has high expectations for the project, including having student involvement after winter break. The group will continue their efforts to make a difference in students’ lives throughout the school year.