Prompted by the devastation in Haiti following the earthquake in January, Cannon School students have raised nearly $6,000 for the relief effort.
Media coverage of the Haitians' suffering motivated students to get involved, said eighth-grader Caroline Turner.
"It was just so shocking," she said.
While Cannon's Upper School students, grades 9-12, led a fundraising drive to collect donations, middle school students partnered with the Charlotte Checkers ice hockey team for a "Hockey for Haiti" fundraising event at Thursday's game at Time Warner Cable Arena.
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Students are selling $10 tickets to the game, and the American Red Cross will receive $5 for every ticket sold.
Last week, sixth-grader Caroline Malmstrom had already sold more than 60 tickets to the game, pushing her into the top-seller position. Students first partnered with the Checkers after the 2004 Indian Ocean tsunami. Looking for a way to help Haiti, they called on the hockey team again.
Their efforts this time around has made "Hockey for Haiti" the largest school fundraiser hosted by the Checkers since the team has been at Time Warner Cable Arena, said Mike Lappan, the Checkers' director of public and media relations.