Students at William Halley Elementary School in Fairfax Station are adopting a Mississippi school that was damaged by wind and water from Hurricane Katrina.
The Bolton-Edwards Elementary/Middle School is in Bolton, Miss., near Jackson.
Halley students will hold their annual fall book fair from Oct. 31 through Nov. 3 and on Nov. 7 and 8, at which members of the community can order books for the Bolton-Edwards school. The books will be shipped to Mississippi by Bookworm Plantation, the book fair vendor. In addition, a portion of the proceeds will be sent to Bolton-Edwards.
Fair hours are 8 a.m.-4 p.m. Evening hours will be offered on Nov. 1 (until 7 p.m.) and Nov. 3 (6 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.). The book fair will also be open on the school holidays of Nov. 7 (8 a.m. to 4 p.m.) and Nov. 8 (8 a.m. to noon). The school is at 8850 Cross Chase Cir.
United Community Ministries is looking for temporary distribution space to provide clothing, furniture and household items to hurricane evacuees and their families.
Herb Lea, director of administration and business services, said in a news release that about 2,000 square feet would be needed for up to six months. For more information, call Lea at 703-768-7106, Ext. 333, or send him an e-mail at email@example.com.
Students at Burgundy Farm Country Day School in the Alexandria section of the county are rallying to help victims of Katrina.
* Seventh-grader Emma Kemler has organized a 3K walk, with proceeds to go to American Red Cross hurricane relief efforts.
* A bake sale organized by seventh-grader Jessica Muse raised more than $500 for the Red Cross.
* To help animal victims of Katrina, the combined fourth- and fifth-grade class of teachers Carrie Lombardi and Nora Kruk gathered seven bags of pet supplies for the Washington Humane Society to send to the Gulf Coast.
* An eighth-grader and a first-grader have collected school supplies.
Eighth-grader Rachel Munro set out to help needy students in county schools, then expanded her collection after Hurricane Katrina. She contributed 16 backpacks full of supplies, including stuffed animals as well as the usual classroom needs, for the Nickelodeon network's "We've Got Your Back" program to send to the Gulf Coast. She continued collecting at Burgundy to help 10 students evacuated from the Gulf area who are now enrolled in Fairfax County schools.
With supplies left over, Rachel then contributed to a collection by first-grader Samantha Daley, who was working with Mercy Corps International to provide 750 teaching kits to teachers on the Gulf Coast who are setting up classrooms from scratch so that schools can reopen.
Burgundy Farm, a private school that teaches pre-kindergarten through eighth grade, considers community service a part of the curriculum and requires it of middle-school students.
Browne Academy, a private school in the Alexandria section of the county, also gathered school supplies for hurricane victims. Through the "We've Got Your Back" program, the school put together 60 backpacks to send to the Gulf Coast.
Faculty members, parents and students at Browne, which goes from preschool through eighth grade, organize community service projects on a regular basis, usually one a month.
The Church of the Holy Comforter in Vienna delivered a five-ton generator and a truckload of needed items to Long Beach, Miss., along with financial donations. The church community is preparing for a return trip. For information, call Lou Mattia at 703-938-6521.
-- Compiled by DIANE MATTINGLY,
MARGARET ROTH and STEPHEN C. FEHR