Members of the Hawk Elementary School Student Council want to assist those affected by Hurricane Sandy.
Beginning Dec. 3, the council is launching a coin drive that will continue through Dec. 7. Proceeds will go to the American Red Cross, which will use the funds to assist Hurricane Sandy victims.
Hawk Principal Susannah O’Bara said the council selects an annual service project, and while it already had selected a local agency to serve this year, it changed its project after viewing images of people impacted by the hurricane, which hit the East Coast about a month ago.
“I’m not surprised that these children would do that,” O’Bara said. “The fact that they had already made a decision in serving an organization and then they changed when they saw a more immediate need. ... I just think that’s powerful. They saw a need and wanted to help.”
For a week, water jugs designated for each grade level will be set out at the school’s front entrance so students can donate. The grade to make the largest monetary donation will receive an extra recess.
The school also is inviting the community to participate in the drive.
Student Council representative Madden Shoebotham said she remembers seeing images of people impacted by Sandy, families who lost their homes and structures including roller coasters under water. The fourth-grader said she’s happy she and her peers can do something to help.
“I think it’s cool that we get to donate the money and know we’re helping them rebuild their houses and get more food and water,” she said.
Beth Avery, council adviser and school counselor, said it was encouraging to see students come up with the idea to help individuals impacted by the hurricane all on their own. They were motivated to help by the images they saw, she said.
“In my mind, that’s what service projects are about — what you’re passionate about,” Avery said.
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HOW TO HELP
To make a donation, call 940-369-1800.