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East Ridge High School students, Joaqum Valdes, Shua Bhattacharya, Melanie Rabino and Erin Yockey have started a fundraising effort for the Haiti earthquake victims, called "Hearts for Haiti."

Local high school students start Haiti fundraising effort

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The earthquake in Haiti has touched a lot of people, and a lot of people are reaching out to the Haitians. Several students at East Ridge High School were touched so much by the disaster that they have started a new fundraising group called "Hearts for Haiti."


"It seemed like we're really powerless here," said Hearts for Haiti co-founder Shua Bhattacharya. "But, we all realized that since we're so sad about it, we should do something."

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Amber Kispert-Smith
Amber Kispert-Smith has been the schools and Afton reporter at the Woodbury Bulletin since 2008. She holds a bachelor’s degree in journalism from the University of Minnesota. She previously worked as a reporter for Press Publications in White Bear Lake.
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