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Auburn University Executive MBA students adopt Texas school ravaged by Hurricane Ike

AUBURN – A class of more than 50 Auburn University students enrolled in the Executive MBA program have reached out to help a school in Texas whose building was left uninhabitable by September’s Hurricane Ike.

The idea originated with Auburn EMBA student Kristie Barton, a distribution manager for Mississippi Power, who understood the urgent needs of those in Texas in the aftermath of Hurricane Ike because of her own experience with Hurricane Katrina. Barton’s plan of action began with identifying Sims Elementary School in Bridge City, Texas, as being in need of financial help. She and her fellow students then formed the Auburn EMBA Class of 2010 Hurricane Relief Fund, which so far has raised $3,405 for their adopted school.

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