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Students at Holy Names High School in Oakland collected $1,200 for relief efforts.
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Schools help hurricane survivors

Moved by reports of destruction and loss in Texas and Florida caused by Hurricane Harvey and Hurricane Irma, students, faculties and families from Catholic schools in the Diocese of Oakland have responded by supporting relief efforts in their school and parish communities.

Among the efforts:

Students and staff at Oakland's Holy Names High School invited school families and alumni to the back parking lot to a First Friday Coffee gathering on Sept. 1 and over coffee and donated baked goods collected more than $1,200. These funds will be presented to Catholic Charities for disaster relief.

Also on Sept. 1 at Berkeley's Saint Mary's College High School, Campus Ministry held a full-community collection of funds during homeroom period. Nearly $2,200 was collected and is being donated to Hurricane Harvey rescue and recovery efforts through Catholic Charities USA.

On Sept. 2 students and their families at St. Joseph School in Alameda raised $2,500 for St. Pius V Catholic School in Pasadena, Texas, which according to reports suffered significant structural damage caused by Hurricane Harvey. Kathy Culp helped organize the $5 Free Dress Friday fundraising event. A former school secretary had ties to St. Pius V School and school leaders felt that helping another Catholic school would make a "better connection" for students at the Alameda school.

Other generous givers include Concord's Carondelet High School, which collected $3,000 for the Texas Diaper Bank in San Antonio, Texas; Richmond's Salesian College Preparatory High School donated $2116 for the Global Giving hurricane relief fund; and Bishop O'Dowd High School in Oakland, collected over $4,000 for Catholic Charities in Houston.

 
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