Red Cross honors SRHS

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By John Barnhart

    Staunton River High School’s (SRHS) students were honored for their efforts to raise money for the Historic Virginia Chapter.

    This chapter serves Amherst, Appomattox, Bedford and Campbell counties along with Lynchburg. 28 schools participated in the Quarters that Care Campaign. The fundraising campaign took place last fall and the schools raised $16,000. SRHS raised $2,386.42 of that, more than any other school. As a prize, the school’s front entrance will be landscaped by Southern Landscape Group of Evington. Melissa Waugh, the Red Cross chapter’s executive director, said that Southern Landscape is donating the job, including plants and labor.

    According to Waugh, the Historic Virginia Chapter collected 7,500 units of blood last year and responded to 70 single-family house fires and seven multi-family fires. The Red Cross provides shelter and vouchers for food and clothing. The Red Cross also communicates with deployed members of the armed forces when there is an emergency affecting a family member back home.

    The chapter also responds to disasters and last year set up a shelter when a wildland fire in the Montvale area forced the evacuation of homes. Waugh told the Staunton River students that these are the projects the money they raised pays for.

    Ryan Edwards, Bedford County Public School’s spokesman serves on the Historic Virginia Chapter’s board of directors.

    “It makes me very proud, being on that board, having one of our schools come out on top,” Edwards commented.