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SMES Socks it for Hurricane Sandy Victims and Raises More Than $8,000

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The last five weeks have indeed been busy, made even busier at times with the events created to raise money and awareness for the victims of Hurricane Sandy. These events have included a school-wide toiletry drive, wearing crazy socks in Lower School, buying hot cocoa and French toast, making fleece comfort blankets and bringing in socks and underwear to a Middle School dance and in the Upper School, screening Grease the movie, and taking donations at athletic events. Then there was the Lower School Sock Hop and school wide music festival last Friday night, initiated by student leaders in each division. The results of these efforts are still pouring in, but with the generosity of students and families it is likely that we will be sending more than $8,000 earmarked for Hurricane Sandy relief to Episcopal Relief and Development in January. The items collected will be taken to the East Coast by a group of 11 Upper School students departing on January 3 and teaming with the First Gospel Tabernacle Church in Far Rockaway, New York for four days of intense relief work. This group will be sharing their experiences after they return on January 8. A special thank you to each student and family that participated in the collections over the past five weeks!

~Director of Community Life Lora Allison

 A student perspective of last Friday’s Sock it to Sandy All-School Music Festival:

By Savanna Riley, Grade 12

This past Friday brought the culmination of more than five weeks of hurricane relief efforts across St. Margaret’s Episcopal School. We began the evening with the Lower School Sock Hop where the kids rocked the dance floor with 50’s moves and freeze dance games led by Upper School volunteers. Sillers Hall was packed with families who enjoyed traditional root beer floats. The Lower School then joined everyone at the Performing Arts Center where a brilliant grilling station, headed up by the MEAT Club and faculty member Mr. Dallas Clemmons, whipped out gourmet burgers and dogs. Kona Ice and Fresh Fries, both food trucks, rounded out our food selection for the evening. Both companies generously donated 20 percent of evening’s profits.

Families enjoyed their dinner amidst a fair of pop-up shops and activity booths in the Performing Arts Center lobby. Whether they visited the LF Trunk Show or made friendship bracelets presented by the Knitting Club, parents and kids alike were service spirited throughout the evening. Starting at 6 p.m. bands and solo talent could be seen in the McGregor Theatre where it was standing room only. Renditions of Led Zeppelin and Mario could be heard and the audience was well entertained and buzzing with energy. Parents browsed the silent auction featuring items generously donated by the community – the highlight item being the Neil Young autographed guitar.

The atmosphere was warm and full of service-inspired cheer as children snacked on warm holiday treats and maybe even tossed a cream pie or two at a willing faculty target.

Friday evening proved to be a success and reminded each one of us that at this time of year, it is family and friends coming together for a common cause that really makes us appreciate our blessings.

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