All week long, Jan. 25 through 29, the students of Rockland District Middle School have participated in a special Spirit Week. Moved by the plight of earthquake victims in Haiti, the students wore costumes of people connected to the relief efforts with days dedicated to medical and rescue workers, the military and politicians. There also was a black-and-orange day.

Those who wore costumes donated a dollar to the American Red Cross. Now the students are appealing to the community to make monetary donations in hopes of meeting a $1,000 goal. Checks made out to the American Red Cross may be brought to the RDMS office; donors will receive a receipt for tax purposes.

For those who would rather donate goods, the students are gathering hygiene and baby products for assembly into kits. The supplies may be brought to local school offices.

The hygiene kits need 16-by-28 inch hand towels, washcloths, wide-tooth combs, nail clippers, bath-size bars of soap, toothbrushes, Band-Aids and one-gallon zipper lock bags. The baby kits need cloth diapers, T-shirts or undershirts, diaper pins, washcloths, sleepers or gowns, sweaters or sweatshirts, receiving blankets and baby blankets.

Donations of any combination of these items are greatly appreciated by the RDMS Student Council, Civil Rights Team and the Iteam.