Independence Middle School Students Save the Beach With Collection

Independence Middle School’s Builders Club held a “Rebuild the Beach” fundraiser for those impacted by Hurricane Ian.  More than $1,000 was raised to help those in Ft. Myers and Sanibel, Florida.

Builders Club members gave up their lunch/recess periods for two weeks to sell beach themed drinks, treats and other items. Another huge fundraising success was holding an after school Beach Craft Day that raised close to $400. Students created beach-themed artwork ranging from sand art and scratch art, to painting shells and ornaments. Fifth-grade teacher Danielle Renton even donated little bags of her personal shells straight from Sanibel Island to help raise awareness. 

Builders Club advisor Michelle Koussa has family in Ft. Myers and saw the devastation first hand. “Ft. Myers and Sanibel Island are near and dear to so many students and staff in our building,” said Koussa.  “Many of us have family that live there or have vacationed there in the past. The pictures and devastation from Hurricane Ian have been absolutely heartbreaking, and our club knew we needed to do something. I am so proud of our students for working so hard to raise more than $1000.” 

The money will be sent to the Cajun Navy and F.I.S.H. to help aid hurricane relief.