Clairbourn Cares: Helping the Philippines

Published : Friday, November 22, 2013 | 6:34 PM

When disaster strikes, all become equals—equally affected and eager to help the next person. When Super Typhoon Haiyan ravaged the Philippines, the whole world responded, and the students of Clairbourn School did too.

Clairbourn’s Student Council, guided by advisor Janet Taylor, explored ways to offer assistance to those in need. Students discovered that Shelterboxes—which contain an emergency shelter and lifesaving supplies such as blankets, basic tools, a stove, and children’s activity packs —were the perfect choice, and would help people immediately. Thus was born the Clairbourn Cares campaign. Student Council President Will Steele and other student council officers set up a donation table and made special announcements to the school community to encourage donations. The initial goal was to raise enough money to buy at least one Shelterbox at a cost of $1,000.

But thanks to huge campus support and a generous matching gift, the campaign raised $12,700 to assist twelve complete families. The Shelterboxes were immediately deployed and are already in use by typhoon victims. With this campaign, it shows that Clairbourn School raises children to both care and lead.

For information on Shelterboxes visit Clairbourn School is located at 8400 Huntington Drive, San Gabriel. To learn more about Clairbourn School, visit or call (626) 286-3108 for more information.

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