Students from Sierra Middle School are participating in a community fundraiser to raise money for Mesilla Valley Community of Hope. The Student Council initially set a goal of raising $1,000 for the Tents to Rents Fundraiser, but surpassed that goal, raising $1,800 to date. Student Council Advisor Kristin Knight said that, with one week left in the fundraiser, student council members are hoping to cap off their new goal in raising $2,000. They need just $200 to meet their mark.

Students from the Sierra Middle School Student Council are raising money for the Mesilla Valley Community of Hope Tents to Rents Fundraiser.

Students from the Sierra Middle School Student Council are raising money for the Mesilla Valley Community of Hope Tents to Rents Fundraiser.

The Mesilla Valley Community of Hope provides temporary housing in tents for homeless individuals at Camp Hope while they wait to be housed in a home or apartment. The cost to move an individual from a tent to a home or apartment is approximately $6,000 per year. Many organizations and individuals across the city have come together to raise money for the six-week Tents to Rents Fundraiser.

The Sierra Middle School students decided to join other local organizations for the fundraiser to help make a difference in the lives of those who have found temporary refuge at Camp Hope. Now, the Sierra Middle School Student Council is looking for your help raise $200 before the end of the week to reach their new goal. To donate, visit www.tentstorents.org, just be sure to click on Sierra Middle School.

The campaign to raise money for the fundraiser will come to a close at the end of September. Anything you can spare will be greatly appreciated!

— Samantha Lewis, LCPS Public Relations Coordinator, 575-527-5946, slewis@lcps.net