Students will host storm relief effort

Residents interested in donating to relief efforts for the victims of Typhoon Haiyan in the Philippines may make a drive-through donation from 1 to 1:30 p.m. Wednesday in the Maui Waena Intermediate School parking lot.

The Kahului school, with more than half of its students of Filipino descent, has been collecting donations since Monday, said counselor Edward B. Garcia. There are collection jars in the cafeteria during lunch and in the office during regular hours. The public may put a donation in the jar in the office from 7 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. today and Wednesday, the end of the Operation Be Aloha campaign, he said.

On Wednesday after school, student government leadership team members will be holding collection jars and gathering donations from vehicles in the parking lot of the school, he said.

The money collected will be donated to the American Red Cross, said Garcia, an immigrant from the Philippines, though not from the area devastated by Haiyan. He said there are students at Maui Waena who have been touched by the typhoon that flattened much of Tacloban in Leyte province and killed more than 5,200 people.

Another Maui school, St. Anthony Junior Senior High School, collected $1,100 for the victims of Haiyan, a news release from the school said.

The students had a “power minute,” where students were asked to get their family members and friends to clean out purses, ashtrays and other items that may hold loose change.

In the minute Thursday, the students collected $1,100.

The money was presented to Catholic Relief Services.