Monday, October 22, 2012

Students Jump to Help Tornado Damaged Town



An EF-2 tornado struck the small Wabaunsee County town of Harveyville last February.   Officials estimate that 40-60% of the community was destroyed including the city park.  Whitson Elementary Schools’ STUCO community service project was to help the community in what every way they could.  Students decided to hold a  jump for Harveyville fundraising event.  Kids gathered in the gymnasium and jumped rope to raise money to buy equipment for the city park.  “The kids have given up 10 minutes of their PE time to jump,” said 5th grade teacher Rita Hinck.  The students raised $515.  Hinck said she called Harveyville to tell them what the Whitson students were doing.  She said they were super excited to hear that the kids raised more than $500.  She says for a community to give back to another community is pretty awesome.