Hurricane’s Harvey and Irma ravaged southern parts of the United States and Christy Franco’s 4th grade class at Fellows Elementary School followed the events closely as a part of their current events study.

The students began asking questions about what would happen with the schools in the area and were genuinely concerned about the welfare of the students and schools that were impacted by the storm and flooding.

Franco capitalized on their enthusiasm to help and began organizing the “Storm of Kindness” school supply campaign. She reached out to Principal Brandon Schrauth and Fellows PTO President Angie Weber to organize the drive.

Students made posters for the campaign and with the help of a local videography company and Fellows parent, Tom Haggas from Cheshire Moon Films, produced a video to highlight their efforts and to educate the community on how they can help.

Here are the details of the campaign:

Fellows students want to help schools affected by Hurricane Harvey by having this Storm of Kindness supply drive. Students will collect items and Raptor (the school visitor check-in computer system Ames Public Schools uses) will distribute these items to school children in Houston, TX.

Requested items are pencils, glue sticks, markers, colored pencils, toothbrushes, and toothpaste, as well as monetary donations (checks made out to Fellows PTO with “Storm of Kindness” in the memo).

Here are the three ways you can give your contributions:

  1. At the Fellows Little Homecoming dance Friday night, September 22 from 5-6:30
  2. Curbside drop-off on Saturday, September 23 from 9-11 a.m. at Fellows
  3. Collection boxes in the Fellows lobby the week of September 25-29

These items will then be shipped to Raptor in Houston, TX after September 29. Raptor will distribute these to school children affected by Hurricane Harvey, and they will be making a video of the distribution.

The “Storm of Kindness” campaign fits into the overarching Choose Kind theme at Fellows this year.