SF students raising money for Nepal earthquake relief

AP Photo/Niranjan ShresthaNepalese people walk through quake debris at the Basantapur Durbar Square

Students in San Francisco who have a passion for activism are mobilizing to raise money for victims of the magnitude-7.8 earthquake that devastated Nepal late last month.

From bake sales to school assemblies, Hamlin School students in kindergarten through eighth grade have raised nearly $800 to contribute toward relief efforts. The Associated Press reports that more than 7,500 people were killed and another 14,000 injured in what was the worst earthquake to hit the region in at least eight decades.

“I don’t think it’s right to see something happen like this and not do anything,” said fourth-grader Mia Kohn, who along with her friend Sophia Samant raised $283 to help Nepal at a bake sale on Union Street.

Daniel Polk, director of global citizenship for Hamlin, said the fundraising aligns with the school’s greater mission to teach worldwide awareness, including letter-writing campaigns against human trafficking and environmental stewardship projects in The City.

He added that efforts in the most recent cause have come from those as young as first-grade student Lola Close, who spoke at an assembly Monday to brainstorm how the money raised by students can be best used in Nepal. “They want to be really deliberate and thoughtful about how the money is spent,” Polk said. “That will be part of the learning process.”

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