There was no shortage of worthy charitable causes in the Mouse River valley following the flood.
But how do you choose which cause to support?
Jennifer Thorgramson takes us to Harvey where the 6th grade class adopted a unique cause: a weather center replacement for Ramstad Middle School, complete with an American Idol flare.
Each year, a community project becomes an important part of Mr. Dockter's sixth grade curriculum in Harvey, but this is the first time it the project hit center stage.
Following the Mouse River flood, and the loss of Ramstad Middle School, the community project became personal.
(Bret Dockter, 6th Grade Teacher) "Mr. Kuske kind of got me started in teaching. He gave me my first coaching job at Ramstad. They lost, not only their house and all their possessions in it but he also lost a lot of his teaching supplies."
(Steve Kuske, Ramstad Math & Science) "When the flood came we were unable to get into the school to rescue the weather center because they were building a dike and unfortunately it all went under water."
(Bret Dockter, 6th Grade Teacher) "I thought, that will make a perfect community project this year."
(Alaina Olson, Harvey 6th Grader) "I kind of wanted to do something but I didn't know quite what so this was the perfect solution."
(Bailey Baker, Harvey 6th Grader) "We didn't think it would go this far. We didn't think we'd raise over $2,000."
The students worked the nuts and bolts of the fundraiser, everything from the t-shirt design, recruiting sponsors, selling shirts down to the B.M. Hanson Idol finale.
(Bret Dockter, 6th Grade Teacher) "There's no way we could have done this without them. They're the ones that ran the show. They're it."
(Alaina Olson, Harvey 6th Grader) "I don't think that we were the only ones that would have done this. I think if other schools had the chance they'd do the same thing because I think we all stick up for each other."
(Bailey Baker, Harvey 6th Grader) "It was an amazing experience. Having a small town like Harvey be a big help to people who need it."
(Steve Kuske, Ramstad Math & Science) "We just can't believe the out pouring of encouragement. People have helped fund us, donated things to us. We've come from virtually nothing and we have a school put together in the auditorium, which is a wonderful place, we'll be there for another year then we'll move to another building and all of these people have helped us create a school out of a building."
(Heidi Olson, Junior High Student Council Advisor) "Handing our school spirit off to someone else and saying, we want to be behind you. We couldn't always come and do the work projects but we wanted to do something special."
In Harvey, Jennifer Thorgramson, KX News.
The near three-thousand dollars will be used to purchase a new weather center which will be up and running this fall.