SHERMAN, TX - While learning about the earthquake in their social studies classes, 6th graders at Dillingham Intermediate School in Sherman decided they needed to help those suffering in Haiti.
"We do power points and that was one of my countries,” said Zay Kemp, a 6th grade student who just finished his class project over Haiti.
So when he saw news of the earthquake on TV, he knew the third world country was in serious turmoil.
"To me it is a big deal, cause like that's a poor country and they need money and water and supplies and food,” said Kemp about the state of Haiti.
So Kemp and other students in Sandra Schultz's social studies classes decided they wanted to help in any way they could.
"The students and I were discussing current events and what was happening and this was actually their idea, the students wanted to do something for the people in Haiti," said Schultz.
Last Friday Schultz announced that her students would start raising money to give to the Salvation Army for relief efforts.
"One student brought his birthday money, one student today brought a bag of pennies, and any little bit helps, it's been so awesome,” said Schultz.
In just two days they've collected about $80. But Schultz and her students are thinking bigger than just their social studies classes.
"I'm hoping that my school, the other schools in Sherman, the other schools in the area can start their own fundraising campaigns and we can help out these people. Maybe the businesses can match what some of the schools are putting together," said Schultz.
And with the need in Haiti growing every day, it's what's in the hearts of these 6th graders that's making a difference.
"We’re making a change for Haiti after what they just witnessed and they said they had about 200,000 people killed and thinking it's going to be that much in the next month or so, so I feel real good about doing this," said Kemp.