What High Schools Are Doing To Help Haiti Earthquake Victims

From basketball marathons to spin-a-thons, students in high schools across the nation are coming up with creative fundraising ideas.

While the American Red Cross and Wyclef's Yele Haiti have helped raise funds for relief victims via text messaging, the country's high schools have also been creative when it comes to helping the earthquake-ravaged nation.

Basketball marathons, spin-a-thons and casual dress-down days are just a few of the innovative ways students are raising money for survivors of the devastating earthquake in Haiti.

"The students were very concerned what we could do to support the efforts," Principal Leonard Kassan of the High School for Service & Learning at Erasmus in Brooklyn, New York, told MTV News. "Once it was on television, of course, it opened up the doors for them to want to be more active toward their goals."

The service-oriented school plans to host an all-day basketball marathon tentatively scheduled this Saturday in New York. The event would feature students challenging faculty for a fee and the money would then be used for donations. Former players and alumni, like Chicago Bulls chairman Jerry Reinsdorf, will be asked to assist in some capacity, according to Kassan.

Physical activity seems to be a crafty way for students to raise funds.

In Pennsylvania, a number of high schools partnered with students from Penn State to host a Spin-a-Thon.

Students raised money from individual sponsors and pedaled away pounds for a greater cause. The Nittany Lions from the Worthington Scranton campus also sold replicas of their mascot's paws in exchange for donations. The money was then given to the local Red Cross organization.

"All of these students who are volunteering their time are an outstanding example of how people can get involved in their community to help in a situation like this," Charlotte Wright, a spokeswoman the Lackawanna County Red Cross, told a local newspaper about the efforts.

"Today we are here to show people how they can get the word out for this very important cause."

Another way students raised funds for Haiti aid was ditching stuffy school uniforms by donating money as a part of a "Dress Down Day" fundraiser.

Malden Catholic, a private high school in Boston, announced a week of "Tag Days," where students and faculty can participate in relief by paying to wear casual attire. The money will be sent directly to the Xaverian Brothers mission in Haiti, according to a press release sent out by the school. Like Brooklyn's Erasmus, a number of students with ties to Haiti attend Malden Catholic and the school's headmaster said the kids wanted to get involved.

"Our local community of Malden has a strong, vibrant Haitian population," Edward C. Tyrrell said in a statement. "In addition, many of our students are of Haitian descent. We hold the earthquake victims and their families in our prayers and will pull together to contribute to relief efforts."

Head here to learn more about what you can do to help with earthquake-relief efforts in Haiti, and for more information, see Think MTV. Join George Clooney and Wyclef Jean for MTV's "Hope for Haiti" telethon, airing commercial-free Friday, January 22, at 8 p.m. ET.