Archive for Friday, June 4, 2010

Eudora raises $3,000 in ‘No Hate Campaign’

The students started collecting money after they heard a controversial church from Topeka would picket their graduation ceremony. They earned the money in one week.

June 4, 2010


Results are in for the “No Hate Campaign” by the Eudora School District.

Lawrence’s Headquarters Counseling Center on Thursday counted up the money raised by students districtwide. In just over a week’s time, teachers and students in Eudora put together $3,118.35.

The effort began the week before high school graduation from a Facebook group and turned into a districtwide campaign to combat the protests of Topeka’s Westboro Baptist Church of their graduation ceremony.

Students fought hate with dollars, and according to Marcia Epstein, director of Headquarters Counseling Center, the students won.

“We are celebrating these kids’ graduation,” Epstein said. “We are not letting anybody put a damper on it, and we’re doing something really positive for the community at the same time. We really want to say thank you.”

Epstein said she is impressed the school was able to raise so much money in just a week’s time.


gr 7 years, 10 months ago

So, umm..... How does this work?

Raise money and they leave you alone? Did they pay the phelps group the money? Or did they just feel good about themselves for raising so much money and think if they feel good about themselves, nothing will happen?

Or are there a couple of paragraphs missing from this article?

tir 7 years, 10 months ago

Good for Eudora! I hope that the trend spreads and more groups nationwide will follow suit in making the Phelps Cirque de Mal generate revenue for good causes.

Belinda Rehmer 7 years, 10 months ago

gr: the money was donated to Headquarters, a local organization dedicated to helping ALL people struggling with many issues. Their mission is to improve the emotional well-being and safety of adults and children through readily available counseling, education, and information services. They have counselors available 24/7 and their service is absolutely free. This is just the type of service the Phelps group feels threatened by.

The fact that little Eudora raised $3,000 in one week shows where the heart of our community is... I believe it also shows that LJWorld handled this story the right way, not sensationalizing but went about it in a positive manner.

Thank you Mark!

gr 7 years, 10 months ago

It said they thought their graduation would be picketed. How does donating money to someone else remove or even reduce that possibility?

c_doc77 7 years, 10 months ago

Yeah, I really don't understand what the money is for. So is money like the cure all or what? Like if you get enough money you can "fight" anything? They said the money is going toward a counseling center. I really don't see the connection.

vuduchyld 7 years, 10 months ago

Very cool...well done, Eudora schools!

akt2 7 years, 10 months ago

c_doc77 and gr - It's like a game. Instead of taking a drink everytime Katie Horner says wind, you drop a $1 or $5 in the bucket everytime you see a picket sign with the word fag or hate on it. Then at the end of the game you donate all of the money to a good cause. This one was Headquarters. This make the Phelps directly responsible for contributing to a need for many. Including gays/lesbians, military people, and everyone else that they hate. If they "threaten" to picket your hometown, make it worth their time and effort. By the way, they and their message appeared very weak that day. They did not phase Eudora or graduation.

Paul R Getto 7 years, 10 months ago

Good job, Eudora. Every little bit helps!

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