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Amador Valley High's 'Run for Relief' raises $22K for Haiti

More than 500 students and faculty members raised at least $20 apiece

They say that profound sorrow brings people together. It happened after 9/11, Hurricane Katrina and now, the earthquake in Haiti.

That goodwill has also been translated locally at Amador Valley High School, where students and faculty came together and raised $22,771 during the school's Run for Relief. The contributions will be donated to the ravaged nation, where most buildings and homes are uninhabitable.

The idea for the run/walkathon was first started by Granada High School's P.E. department in 2005 after Hurricane Katrina devastated the Gulf Coast, according to Amador P.E. teacher Tony Battilega. At that time, $23,000 was raised and sent to a New Orleans school district. In 2007, Granada again held a Run for Relief to help out the Southern California fire victims, raising $12,000 that was sent to a San Diego school district. And this year, Granada asked Amador to join in a third Run for Relief for Haiti.

Battilega said approximately 1,250 students, 50 staff members and 20 off-campus community members participated in the run/walk, which was held during P.E. classes all day long as well as after school.

A total of 523 students and staff members earned a T-shirt by collecting at least $20 in donations. Out of a total of 3,666 miles ran, two boys ran 26 laps in one session and one girl ran 48 laps in three sessions.

Teacher Elizabeth Stanley's sixth period P.E. class earned a pizza lunch for collecting the most money in a class period with more than $1,700.

Battilega, who himself ran 41 laps (10 miles), said the school wants the money to directly aid the children in Haiti and is still deciding on a charity to donate to.

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