LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (KTHV) - Students around Little Rock have finished their most important project of the school year.
They wrapped up their drive to send supplies to send to flood victims in Louisiana. Nearly half of the cafeteria at Brady Elementary is covered in boxes and bags, and that is just part of all that will go to families affected by flooding near Baton Rouge this summer.
“I was hoping that we would get a lot of donations,” said Tyrone Harris, principal at Brady Elementary, “but never anticipated this amount.”
There is not much room for students to sit in the cafeteria, and the students are happy about it. They spent all day Friday organizing the supplies, the result of a simple idea inspired by a desire to help relatives of some of Brady’s teachers, who live in South Louisiana.
“Once that thought started, then we wanted to get the children involved, and making sure that they understood the whole process of giving back and helping others,” Harris stated.
Harris said the students all knew about the damage around Baton Rouge because they saw it on TV or heard about it, and they empathized with all the victims.
“So then when they came in to see each day that our collection was growing, they were really excited,” Harris mentioned, “and even involved to the point that we had one student who was keeping a tally of what was being donated.”
It quickly grew from a school-wide drive to a district-wide drive. Brady and Roberts Elementary became the drop-off locations, and each school has its own mountainous pile of clothes and supplies.
“There were organizations that started donating books, backpacks,” Harris said. “And it’s just things that you don’t think, but when you lose everything, I feel that it will most definitely be appreciated.”
The students even made sure the flood victims would have everything they need. They told Harris to add pet food to the list of suggested donations, to take some stress away from everyone and everything in the family. And after this drive, lots of families will feel closer to normal.
“I really feel overjoyed. So fortunate, so blessed that we have the support from the community, our school, the boys and girls, our entire Little Rock School District. Wonderful support with this project.”
A local trucking company donated a vehicle and a driver to take it all to Denham Springs, a hard-hit suburb of Baton Rouge. There will be a big ceremony at Brady, featuring the cheerleaders from Parkview High School, when the truck pulls away at 8:00 a.m. Monday.