Parker students raise money for Hurricane Sandy relief

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<p>Parker students Emily Whitfield and Paul Gregg sell T-shirts at the school’s LoveFest concert on Feb. 13, which raised money for Hurricane Sandy relief.</p>

On Feb. 13, Parker students held LoveFest, a benefit concert, art show and silent auction in the Parker School Theatre to raise funds for Hurricane Sandy relief efforts, focusing specifically on the Jersey Shore. The evening event featured showcase performances by the school’s songwriting, dance and drama classes.

In addition to the performance, LoveFest is a week-long fundraising effort, the brainchild of Nathalie Whitfield, graduate of the class of 2011 and former student council vice president.

“She came up with the idea of celebrating Valentine’s Day for an entire week, as a week of love, reaching out to our own community and the larger world,” said Parker English teacher and Student Council Advisor Gillian Culff. “We have raised money each year for different charities through spirited food sales at lunch (such as pink cupcakes, etc.), LoveFest T-shirt sales and a benefit concert.

So far, proceeds from Love Fest 2013 have totaled nearly $1,000. T-shirt sales bring in the most money, and this year’s shirt was designed by junior class president Grant Nair and printed by Scott Nelson of Art Brothers here in Waimea.

As another gesture of goodwill and spreading the love, Parker students, faculty, staff and families were invited to make origami paper cranes to hang in the main school building as a symbolic demonstration of support for the students of Sandy Hook School in Newtown, Conn.. For more information, visit