ROSEBORO — For several weeks, a group of children walked through the doors of their school with pennies, nickles, dimes and quarters.
With a goal to help hurricane victims, the students of Roseboro Elementary School are showing how a little change can go a long way. In fact, all the money will help students more than 1,000 miles away. The school collected $500 to help a fifth-grade class at La Marque Middle School following the aftermath of Hurricane Harvey. Students from the school in Galveston County, Texas, were affected after the storm struck the coast.
Guidance counselor Jessica Eason led an effort to raise funds to help the school. After learning about the destruction through Facebook, Eason and the students wanted to provide assistance. The students and their families lost belongings.
“It’s not a whole lot, but it’s a little something,” Eason said about the hundreds of dollars raised. “It’s paying it forward — making sure that kindness matters. It’s very important to do something kind because there’s so much negativity in the world any type of kindness act is important.”
For a couple of weeks, the students brought in change for a donation pot. The money came from parents or other random places such as couch cushions.
“There was a lot of counting of the pennies,” Eason said. “Pennies add up.”
The hurricane left hundreds of thousands of people without electricity and damaged homes, schools and businesses because of flooding.
“My heart just felt the need to do something,” Eason said. “There’s no better way than our school helping out another school system and showing our kids here that just a little act of kindness can mean so much to somebody that’s been devastated by nature.”
Principal Tonya Colwell felt the same way about helping the school located in the Texas City Independent School District. After Hurricane Harvey, all of the students in the school system were sent to other schools.
“The mission of RES is to nurture the potential in every student to succeed in a global society by inspiring them to be kind, respectful, responsible and prepared citizens,” Colwell said.
After receiving inspiration, Colwell expressed how the students came together to help others in need.
“Reaching out to the victims has given us the opportunity to provide our Little Leopards with life lessons,” she said. “Through this effort, the students have shared kindness and compassion, and experienced teamwork.”
Jesse Bethea and Camille Bracy were a couple of Roseboro students involved with the efforts.
“I think raising money for them is good because there’s kids in Texas that don’t have what we have right now like Internet, school supplies or a place to sit,” Bethea said.
“It’s good to help others because I think if we were in that situation, they would do the same for us,” Bracy said.
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