November 10, 2005
Some local elementary students are learning that a little bit of help can go a long way.
Students in Earlysville are learning about citizenship and patriotism at an early age.
After Hurricane Katrina struck the gulf coast, Broadus Wood Elementary decided to adopt one of the schools ruined by the disaster.
"We wanted to help them because Hurricane Katrina completely destroyed their school and they lost all of their school supplies," said Walt Morris, student at Broadus Elementary.
"They lost almost everything in the hurricane and...we wanted to help that school," said Rachael Bosley, student at Broadus Elementary.
Over the last month they collected hundreds of school supplies to pack up and send off to their friends at Eastlawn Elementary in Mississippi.
"They lost everything like their pencils, books, papers," said Julien Rigaldies, student at Broadus Elementary.
"We can help them by just giving scissors or glue sticks or something that's very little," said Bosley. "It will help them a lot."
"I like the feeling that they know that other people care for them," said Morris.
Teachers at Broadus Wood say they're proud to see their students learning the importance of helping people in need.
"What we hope to achieve is that our students will learn all about citizenship and caring," said Barbara Edwards, the school's principal.
Edwards believes the both the students and teachers learned a lot from the project.
"This will be one of the activities we will remember for many years to come," he explained.
The Crutchfield Corporation has volunteered to pay for all of the school's shipping expenses.