Westside Elementary raises over $5,000 for Cook Co. storm victims

| February 23, 2017

VALDOSTA – Students at Westside Elementary are learning their biggest lesson yet, and it can’t be found in any book.

“I know if that happened to me, I would feel really bad,” says Landon Hart, 4th grade.

“I felt really good because I know other people would have done it for me,” adds Rachel Black, 5th grade.

It’s the gift of giving.

Students are helping families recovering from the storm that destroyed Cook County a month ago.

“I feel like every child knew why they had to stay home from school that day,” says Liska Hamm, PTO president.

In just two weeks, the students raised more than $2,500 through their “Coins for Cook” fundraiser.

“I care a lot about them and I know that they would probably treat me the same, so I would just like to help them,” says Hart.

Hart donated $100 he saved up from getting good grades in school.

The Parent-Teacher Organization matched student’s donations.

“Everyday, we would check the coins and we would just be amazed at how many the children were bringing in,” says Hamm.

On Wednesday, the PTO presented a check for more than $5,000 to the Adel Tornado Relief Fund.

“I was like, wow,” says Sharon Royals, with the Adel Tornado Relief Fund. “I would’ve been amazed to see that many coins at one time and to be donated by children.”

The kids emptied their pockets and piggy banks to make a difference.

“It’s been a tragedy, and they’ve all be blessed tremendously,” says Royals.

She says the school’s donation is a ‘drop in the bucket’.

“I hope my donation helps them in a way that helps them get back on their feet and back on track,” says Black.

With the help of donations and volunteers, Cook County is currently in the rebuilding stage.

(WCTV Eyewitness News)

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