Northview High School students enrolled in Michelle Burk's Adult Roles and Responsibilities class recently donated 15 boxes of school supplies, as well as other items to aid those affected by the tornadoes in Henryville, Ind.
The donation items were products of the school-wide drive the class sponsored as part of a service-learning project the students chose as their assignment.
"Before now, I'd never even heard of the town of Henryville," NHS sophomore Josey Parr told The Brazil Times. "We've never known them, but yet, our school and community came together to help them and give them things that no one else would think to give."
During the week-long donation drive, all of the NHS first-hour classes competed against one another to raise the most donation items.
Some teachers promoted the spirit of giving by offering participating students incentive points for donating, but the competition's winners were determined by how many items were donated in each class per student.
As of the Friday before spring break, school officials announced Dianna Knox's first-hour Spanish class the victors with 150 items raised for Henryville.
Items raised included backpacks, lunch boxes, crayons, art supplies, toiletries, prom dresses and other necessary items.
Burk said the drive took a week to plan, and she said she saw many students take initiative who haven't before.
"Kids who normally just sit there got involved and wanted to help," Burk said. "They were very sensitive to this and wanted to provide any assistance they could."
Students like NHS freshman Allison Hiatt said participating in the drive put things in perspective for her.
"It makes me feel better to know I've helped someone else in need," Hiatt said. "It makes you take a look at what you have that they don't now. It's so easy for us to just go out and get whatever we need at anytime, but they can't."