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Iowa Mennonite School Surpasses Fundraising Goal for Puerto Rico School

Posted: Saturday, October 7th, 2017 at 6:28 am
Author: KCII News - Sam McIntosh

Iowa Mennonite School and Louisa-Muscatine were on opposing sides at this week’s volleyball game, but their desire to aid those affected by Hurricane Maria made them united.

IMS Administrators explained to spectators Tuesday how their sister school Academia Menonita Betania in San Juan, Puerto Rico, has been temporarily shut down due to the damage of Hurricane Maria. Director of Advancement Jeremy Ours says the IMS volleyball players collected donations before the varsity game, “We raised about $1,300 from the offering. I talked to a few people that were there specifically for that. They had seen our post on Facebook about what we were doing, and they decided to come to the volleyball game because of that.”

Ours says Louisa-Muscatine fans also contributed to the offering, which exceeded the $1,000 goal. The fundraising didn’t stop there, as the student organization Compassion Club received about $380 Wednesday from students wanting to dress casually for “Comfy Clothes for Compassion.” Academia Menonita Betania doesn’t have a date set for classes to resume, but Ours says this is the least of their worries as their main concern is having access to food, water, electricity, and medicine.