From High School Journalist Club
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On Monday, February 6, a 7.8 magnitude earthquake struck the countries of Turkiye and Syria, killing over 41,000 people and leaving millions of Turkish and Syrian citizens without homes. The unusually cold temperatures and frequent aftershocks have exacerbated the suffering of the victims and hindered search and rescue attempts.
This disaster has deeply affected the hearts of our school community. SUIS Qingpu High School’s Economics/Business Studies teacher Ms. Heidi Cole saw an opportunity to do something to help after Turkish Airlines announced that they would take much needed donations from the people of Shanghai to Turkiye. Ms. Cole asked members of our school community, via teachers, students, and parents, to gather donations and bring them to the school. Over several days, with enormous help and guidance from colleagues Ms. Shanley, Ms. Masek, Ms. Bukumira and Mr. Macbeth, the High School Charity Club helped to bag, box, and label donations in readiness for their transport to Turkiye.
In an amazingly short time, our incredible community donated approximately 20 boxes full of warm clothing, hygiene products, baby diapers, blankets, and bedding to be sent to the affected areas of Turkiye. Edward’s parent even donated 100 Thermos flasks!
Whilst our contributions seem so small in the face of such a huge tragedy, we hope that our donations will bring warmth and comfort to at least some of the people affected, showing them that we care deeply about them. We hope that they will eventually be able to rebuild their lives, their homes, and their communities as soon as possible.