“We’re trying to collect money for hurricane relief,” fifth grader at North Plains Elementary, Mcnamara Suden, said.
And that’s exactly what they did.
For one week, students and staff were able to pay a dollar or more to dress according to a fun theme.
With a goal of 15-hundred dollars, North Plains Elementary School raised a total of 1,715 dollars and 56 cents.
But for those involved, it was more than just playing dress-up.
“It would make me so sad if I was there,” Suden said.
“They’re just noticing more ways of how they can be kind to each other and be a positive force in the world, teacher Heather Kokinda said, ” sothat’s really been wonderful.”
Student Aubrie Davis said, “Even though we’re far away, we’re still the United States and we should be able to help all other states.”
While students said they’re sad to see the devastation, they find hope in knowing that they can help.
“It makes us really happy because we know that we’re helping,” Davis said.
“Because if that happened to me, I would be very happy as well,” said Suden.
And it doesn’t end there.
“They said, ‘Irma is next.’ We’ve got teachers that are actually from Montana and so with the fires burning in Montana they’ve said, ‘okay, how can we keep this effort that we’ve got going helping motivate?’ Because there is so much going on in the world that needs our help,” Kokinda said.
By the end of the day Friday, the total amount raised by North Plains Elementary School was $2,254.91.