Students at two Bartholomew Consolidated School Corp. elementary schools are raising money for schools damaged by Hurricane Harvey in the Houston, Texas area.

Parkside Elementary School students asked how they could help after learning about the hurricane, said assistant principal Casey Voelz. The school decided to support Bay Colony Elementary School in League City, Texas, after first-grade teacher Meredith Cole found a website to assist schools that were affected, Voelz said.

Bay Colony Elementary School received about 2 inches of water in the front office area and in several classrooms, according to the Dickinson Independent School District website.

Parkside had initially set a goal of raising $500, but managed to gather $525 in the first four days of fundraising after students started bringing in money, Voelz said. The funds will be given to Bay Colony to be used to replace books, classroom supplies and equipment that was damaged in the flooding. The school also is partnering with a fourth-grade classroom at Bay Colony, according to Voelz.

In addition to fundraising, Parkside students also are writing letters of support to Bay Colony students. Voelz said she’s proud of the students’ efforts who are helping out in a time of need.

“They’re enlisting others and realizing, ‘What can we do as a whole?” she said. “It’s really a chance to give back.”

Mt. Healthy Elementary School also is raising funds for victims of Hurricane Harvey in several classrooms, said Principal Amy Wetherald. Librarian Karla Craig will be collecting money during the school’s Family Reading Night on Sept. 20, while first-grade classes will work with second-grade classes to collect money for an Amazon gift card for their three adopted classrooms.

A fourth-grade class led by teacher Jennifer Justis is also partnering with another fourth-grade classroom in Texas that Justis learned about through a social media teacher group and will collect items that are requested.

Wetherald said she appreciates the students and their families stepping up to help others.

“It goes along with taking care of others and that’s important to us,” Wetherald said.

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