High school raises money for charity

Smashing last year’s record, Mercy High School in Omaha raised $18,000 during its Mission Week March 20-24 – and the money will go to building mud huts for refugee families in Nigeria, where an address is needed to enroll children in school.

Fund-raising activities included a class Penny War – the sophomores won – a school dance and dodgeball tournament. Also helping raise money: a dress-down day and T-shirt sales, and an event called SIESTA (Students in Earnest Supporting Tuition Assistance), similar to the school’s annual FIESTA fundraising dinner and auction, but with games and an auction of lunches provided by teachers and staff.