• Dec. 22, 2021

    Reach Out

    Annual FC Reach Out effort raises $21,573

    Mrs. Peterson & Mr. DeMar

    Fort Couch Middle School students raised $21,573.90 through its annual Reach Out campaign that spanned from Dec. 8 through Dec. 21, 2021. The final total was announced during a virtual assembly on Wednesday, Dec. 22.

    The effort is spearheaded by the Fort Couch Student Council and its sponsor, Ms. Eliza Luxbacher, with support from the school’s administration, teachers and PTSO.  

    “Each year, all six teams compete to raise the most money in an effort to champion a motivating prize: to earn an afternoon off of school, with food and fun designed specially by the winning team,” Ms. Luxbacher said. “Moreover, Reach Out highlights the importance of giving, and it encourages students to team together in order to create an impact: at school, in our community, and in the world.”

    This year’s highest earning team is Team 2.

    Students spearheaded the Reach Out initiative, creating holiday cards to sell, designing posters, editing videos, and advocating for support of the four charitable organizations. 

    “It has been empowering to see students share their energy with us in effort to make Reach Out so incredibly successful this year,” Ms. Luxbacher said. “I am so inspired by the kids and their leadership, resilience and flexibility in a continually changing and challenging new mode of learning.”

    Student council leadership including Lily Simons, Molly Biedrzycki and Caroline Barnard – participated in the virtual assembly.

    “It was really awesome to see everyone come together to make this work, especially at the end,” Caroline, 7th grade student council vice president, said. “Families have been so generous, and it feels great to support people in our community.”

    The monies raised will be divided among the following organizations:

    Chance to Change Lives – Kids (CCL - Kids): CCL-Kids is a non-profit effort dedicated to help homeless kids in their educational and after-school learning needs. This initiative is led by Kriti Gupta – 9th grader at Upper Saint Clair High School, who was inspired by a project on homelessness in America during her 7th grade. She attributed this inspiration to Mr. Bowers, her social studies teacher, who helped her not only with the project but helped her create a vision to address educational needs for homeless children. Motivated to do something to help the community during the COVID times, Kriti organized a backpack drive to help kids in underserved communities. With continued motivation and a mission to help the educational and other needs of homeless kids, she is ready to launch new fundraising initiatives to serve those deserving kids a wonderful experience during the upcoming Holidays.

    Giant Eagle Gift Cards to Upper St Clair Township Police Department: Each year Reach Out donates $5,000 in Giant Eagle gift cards to the Upper St. Clair Police Department. Police officers then hand deliver these gift cards to families in Upper St. Clair who need a little extra help during the holiday season.

    Bike MS: Bike MS is a fundraising event for Multiple Sclerosis research that involves more than 1,500 people cycling from north of Pittsburgh to Lake Erie over the span of two days and 150 miles. Fort Couch has a team of teachers, parents, friends, and, occasionally, students from across the district who train all spring while also raising as much money as possible in support of MS research.

    Hope for Haiti: Each year Fort Couch students team up with the Yahve-Jire Children's Foundation to collect and deliver much needed supplies to children in a small village outside of Port-au Prince, Haiti. The YJCF runs a small orphanage, a school with 60 students in grades K-5, and serves many other children in the town of Croix-des-Bouquets.