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Columbia Heights Students Seek Help Covering Graduation Expenses

by Andrew Ramonas — February 23, 2016 at 2:10 pm 0

Columbia Heights Educational Campus (Photo via GoFundMe/Saba Amare)

Have some extra money to help high school seniors in Columbia Heights pay for caps and gowns, yearbooks and other graduation costs?

Bell Multicultural High School students who go to class at the Columbia Heights Educational Campus (3101 16th St. NW) have started a GoFundMe fundraiser to help offset their $300-per-student graduation expenses and the cost of their class trip to New York and New Jersey.

More than 80 percent of the roughly 200 seniors at Bell Multicultural receive lunches for free or at a reduced prices, among other government benefits afforded to children of low-income families, according to senior class president Saba Amare.

“As Student Government representatives, our job is to voice the concern of our peers and figure out solutions,” Amare wrote on the fundraiser’s website. “That is why we are reaching out to people who are compelled to support us! School Bake sales are just not cutting the costs lower enough and considering we have to pay these fees by May 20th, we do not have much time!”

Thanks to New Columbia Heights for the heads up today.

Photo via GoFundMe/Saba Amare

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