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NAPLES, Italy — With all the social groups and school activities clamoring for money from the small student population, National Honor Society students said they were well beyond surprised when they managed to raise $500 for a local service organization.

“There are so many [groups] always asking for money that sometimes, [students] get sick of things” such as fundraisers, said Micah Colombo, 18, NHS president. “We did so much better than we thought we would.”

On Monday, the Naples-based Latinos Unidos organization received the hard-earned $500, which took NHS students about nine weeks to collect from a recent coin drive.

Latinos Unidos will put that money toward helping Italian orphanages that the service organization adopts, said Navy Lt. Rudy Madrid, group president.

In March, 54 volunteers patched and painted the orphanage, Cooperativa Sociale: Crescere Insieme-Casa Famiglia Favola, which was at risk of being shut down by Italian authorities. They succeeded and the orphanage will remain open, Madrid said Monday.

The organization is considering adopting a second orphanage near Mondragone, a town about 30 miles from Naval Support Activity Naples Capodichino.

In observance of the Mexican victory over the French during the Battle of Puebla on May 5, 1862, known as Cinco de Mayo, LU will hold its biggest fundraiser at Carney Park on Saturday and Sunday with softball tournaments and food vendors selling authentic Mexican food.

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