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Minnetonka Students Organize Box Top Drive for School Impacted by Hurricane Sandy

Two groups at Minnetonka High School are collecting box tops for a school in New Jersey that is still rebuilding following Hurricane Sandy.

The Minnetonka High School National Honor Society and the Tonka Leadership Challenge group are sponsoring a box top drive to benefit a school hit by Hurricane Sandy. The box tops being collected are part of the General Mills Box Tops for Education program where one box top becomes a 10¢ contribution.

A Minnetonka student learned many schools and their students are still displaced by the devastation from Hurricane Sandy, which hit the East Coast in October. “Not everyone is back to normal after the storm. Much of the country has long forgotten about Hurricane Sandy. Unfortunately, there are people still living it every day,” said Peter Kluzak, MHS junior and student coordinator of the drive.

Box tops that will benefit Monmouth Beach School in New Jersey can be dropped off at Minnetonka High School, Cub Foods in Minnetonka, or at Great Harvest in Minnetonka through the end of April.  The goal is to raise $20,000 through the collection of box tops.

The K-8 grade school in northern New Jersey was hit with a storm surge that flooded hallways and classrooms with more than two feet of salt water.  More than 300 students from the school have been relocated to three neighboring schools. School administrators hope to be back in their building  before graduation in mid-June.  Minnetonka students hope the funds raised by the box top collection will help pay for expenses not covered by insurance.

Box tops are also collected all year long in Minnetonka’s elementary schools. Community members are invited to drop-off box tops to support local educational efforts.

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