Local 3rd graders write letters, collect supplies for elementary students in Florida

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Hurricane Michael made landfall near Mexico Beach, Florida almost a month ago and many people are still cleaning up, including Springfield Elementary School in Panama City, Florida.

One local school head about Springfield Elementary and how its students lost almost everything, from clothing to school supplies.

So, the school decided to hold a drive to collect items for the Florida students in need.

It all started with the kindness of one 3rd grade student at Lordstown Elementary School. Her cousins go to school in Panama City.

“Their whole entire school got destroyed and they have no clothes because they all got soaked and moldy,” said Lordstown student Avery Reid.

Reid asked her 3rd grade class if they could help the students in Florida.

“She just asked if we would be interested as a class in writing letters to just brighten their days because they are going through a really hard time,” said Reid’s teacher, Kedron Parr.

District administrators decided they wanted to do more to help these students.

“The letters are great. We want these kids to know that we support them but we also want to do more,” said Lordstown Elementary School Principal Rich Zigarovich.

The district decided to hold a clothing and school supply drive called “Jam the Van.”

“They have lost basically everything clothing wise. They need everything starting from scratch — pants, shirts, underwear, socks,” Zigarovich said.

The goal was to fill the van with supplies for the students.

“Hopefully, once they get their school back up and running, we can continue to be pen pals and get to see them come out on the other side,” Parr said.

Lordstown Local Schools successfully wrapped up the drive last week.

According to Springfield Elementary School’s Facebook page, the school is going to be housed at a different elementary school until theirs is up and running again.

They just announced last week that the students will be starting back at the different school on Nov. 13, just a little more than a month after the hurricane made landfall.

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