T.R. Simmons students organize hurricane relief drive

JASPER, Ala. (WIAT) — A group of Walker County students are turning class lessons into reality. After learning about Hurricane Matthew in class, they decided to put together a relief drive.

The group of 5th graders are members of the safety patrol at T.R. Simmons Elementary School in Jasper. They were tracking Hurricane Matthew in their science class and after seeing all of the destruction left behind, they wanted to make a positive impact.

“When I heard about it, I felt bad about it and we started talking about it and saying what we were going to donate,” said 5th grader Titus Waldrop.

Principal Jonathan Allen says, often, in times of tragedy we say our thoughts and prayers go out to someone, but sometimes we can actually step in and do something to help.

“I believe in letting people know that we care about them when they’re hurting but we want students to be people of action and where their words mean a lot but what we do means more”

Wednesday through Thursday, students are asking you to drop off cleaning supplies, personal hygiene items and bottled water at T.R. Simmons Elementary School in Jasper located at 110 17th Street West.

Delta Transfer Lines has volunteered to drive all of the goods collected to Birmingham and drop them off at the Boutwell Auditorium, where the city is currently holding its hurricane relief supply drive.

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