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Coins for Kathmandu

A second powerful earthquake rocked Nepal May 12, claiming the lives of at least 37 people and injuring hundreds more.

Through their Coins for Kathmandu fundraising initiative, students and staff at Holy Name of Mary Academy in Lawn recently raised $1,000 for the earthquake relief efforts in Nepal.

The second quake added to the devastation felt in the capital city and surrounding areas caused by a 7.8 magnitude quake on April 25, that claimed the lives of more than 8,150 people and injured hundreds of others in flattened villages.

The devastation of that initial quake inspired staff and students at Holy Name of Mary Academy in Lawn to do what they could to help.

Lorna Pittman, the technology/elementary sciences teacher at the school, told The Southern Gazette last week that all the students had heard about what had happened and were more than glad to give.

Each day for a week they had a different theme as a part of their Coins for Kathmandu fundraising efforts, Pittman said.

“The first day was nickels, the second day was dimes and the third day was ‘quarters for the quake,’ I think they used to say,” she said.

Together they were able to raise $1,000 to donate to the relief efforts.

“They were really proud to help support (the people of Nepal),” she said. “They are really good here, whenever anything like that happens they are always helping out in any way.”

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