By Alison Rooney

There will be a large tag sale this Saturday, Sept. 21, as one of the first efforts to raise funds for the recently-approved Haldane Class of 2014 service-learning trip to New Orleans, scheduled for next March. Visit the sale from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. at 59 Chestnut St., next to Drug World (see white picket fence). The rain date is Sept. 22. Donations of gently used items will be accepted until the sale day, and may be left on the lawn or porch. The trip, a first for Haldane students, and generated by student interest, includes two days to volunteer with Habitat For Humanity in helping to rebuild areas still recovering from Hurricane Katrina.

This fundraiser kicks off a student-run series, including a day-before-Thanksgiving bake sale at Foodtown. Candy sales, coupon books and raffle tickets are also in the works. Shauna Ricketts, senior class president, urges the community to browse for bargains and contribute to the cause: “By coming out and showing your support to the Class of 2014 on Saturday you will have the opportunity to be a part of Haldane history,” she says. “I am eager to bring a little piece of Haldane to New Orleans in order to make a substantial impact, but we need the community’s help! Please support the Class of 2014 as it inspires change through its work with Habitat for Humanity in New Orleans. The efforts among the community are greatly appreciated. Thank you.”

Senior Class Parent Santa Warren said, “I am very impressed with the efforts that the Class of 2014 has put forth to make the service-learning trip to New Orleans a reality. They have been discussing this as a class for the past several years and are now in the home stretch of seeing it come to fruition. They are currently focusing their attention on fundraising. With support they will be able to reach their goal of assisting those who are still struggling to rebuild their lives.”

Kathy Curto, parent of current senior Maya Curto, whose front lawn will play host to the sale, puts it succinctly: “Good deals for good deeds — stop by on Saturday and support this learning, educational and cultural experience for the Class of 2014.”

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Rooney has been writing for The Current since its founding in 2010. A playwright, she has lived in Cold Spring since 1999. She is a graduate of Binghamton University, where she majored in history. Location: Cold Spring. Languages: English. Area of Expertise: Arts