Schools lend hand ot Greensburg relief
De Soto High School social studies teacher Adrianne Graham said her students were obviously moved by the Greensburg tornado that left 10 fellow Kansans dead.De Soto High School social studies teacher Adrianne Graham said her students were obviously moved by the Greensburg tornado that left 10 fellow Kansans dead.
"They came to school pretty frustrated about it all," she said. "They were talking about it a lot.
"I think they get pretty interested when they see Kansas on the news. I think it really hit home this was a small town in Kansas and they knew where it was."
Graham decided to channel that frustration and interest in a constructive way with the help of her friend Levi Henry, the city administrator of Horton.
"City administrators are pretty close, and he had a list of items needed in Greensburg," Graham said.
Those included clothes, school supplies, toys, tools and hygiene products, she said.
With the list, teachers at the high school decided to involve their seminar classrooms in a friendly competition to collect the needed items, Graham said.
When word spread of the high school's effort, teachers at Lexington Trails Middle School agreed to duplicate it at that school, Lexington Trails art teacher Nancy Roberts said.
The items will be collected Friday and taken to the Heart to Heart International relief effort collection point in Olathe, Graham said.
Cash is also needed at Greensburg, Graham said. De Soto High School National Honor Society students are collecting money, which will be sent to the city later this month, she said.