The Philemon Society at Sayre School donated $13,000 and numerous volunteer hours to local and national charities this school year.
The society, comprised of 12 seniors, explores the role of philanthropy in American society through active participation. Students redecorated a room at the Florence Crittenden Home and volunteered at the Catholic Action Center and the High Street Neighborhood Center's day care.
They also gave financial donations locally to Children's Advocacy Center, Lexington Habitat for Humanity, Chrysalis House, the High Street Neighborhood Center, Metro Alternative Shelter House and the Baby Health center.
Nationally, the group gave money to AmeriCares, a non-profit global health and disaster relief organization, to help Japan recover from the tsunami.
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Established in 2006, the society's mission is to aid people affected by poverty and abuse in Central Kentucky. Students, who serve on the board of trustees, plan fund-raising activities and choose which charities to fund. They have raised some $70,000 for local organizations since the society began.
Philemon president Cabot Haggin said most of the funding came from alumni and other school donors. But the students held a "three-on-three" basketball tournament that raised $1,000 and held weekly bake sales and other fund-raising events.