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Washington students raise $6,000 for Hurricane Florence victims

Washington Ill. (HOI) – The city of Washington knows what it’s like to suffer from a natural disaster. That’s why students at Washington Middle School are sending encouragement and thousands of dollars to North Carolina schools devastated by Hurricane Florence.

It’s been two months since the category four storm slammed the southeast.
So, fifth through seventh students at WMS were challenged to a Read-A-Thon.
Friends and family would donate money to get the kids to set aside reading time.

“We want them to become good students, but we also want them to become good human beings. I think that doing things like this really teaches the kids how to treat other people,” said Kaity Johnson, teacher and Read-A-Thon organizer.

“I was kind of comparing it to the tornado… how many, many things were destroyed and how they could be rebuilt,” said Maggie Lawson.

“Keep going you got this, from your friends at WMS,” said Kayla Baker, reading handmade cards.

Students raised $6,000 and spend hours making cards.
Johnson says the money will be split between two schools in North Carolina, one of which has doubled enrollment by taking in students from a school that was destroyed.

Jenise Rebholz

Evening Anchor, Heart of Illinois ABC

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