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Vanderburg Elementary raises money for Houston school affected by Hurricane Harvey

Posted at 6:34 PM, Sep 29, 2017
and last updated 2017-09-29 21:34:47-04

The victims of Hurricane Harvey aren't being forgotten by students at Vanderburg elementary school in Henderson. 

The student council decided to start a coin drive and adopt an elementary school in Houston. They wanted to help with anything those families might need, from replacing damaged school supplies to food for their families.
On Friday morning, student council members went to each classroom to pick-up the donations and returned with bags of cash.

"When I was going around to collect money and hearing how much they raised I was like, 'wow your class raised this much money?' I didn't believe it at first," said Student Council President Grace Byrnes. "But it's so much money and we can do so much with it."

Along with coins, the students' families also donated a bunch of bills, totaling well over $5,000.

That money will now be turned over to Sherman Elementary School, which was less than 200 miles from the spot where the center of the hurricane made landfall.