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YGC: Wapsie Valley students collect backpacks for Haiti

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by Danielle Wagner

FAIRBANK (KWWL) Backpacks filled with supplies are headed for students in Haiti. The backpacks contain basic school supplies, as well as socks and hand sanitizer.

Fourth graders in Jessica Heying's class in Fairbank organized the backpack project, encouraging the entire school to get involved.

"Our goal was to do 12 bags. That would be one for each class we have in our building, and on the carpet we have 30 that are filled," said Jessica Heying.

The idea came about when student Carson Woods asked if the class could do something after the earthquake.

"I just thought it would be nice to help them because it's just like us getting hit by a tornado and if they would help us that would be nice," said Carson Woods.

Teacher Jessica Heying learned from a friend and fellow teacher about the "Haiti Backpack Project" and the students started collecting supplies.

"I think it's really great we go to help somebody out and we got to write letters to people there," said student Sidney Schnor.

In addition to the backpacks, the students also learned more about the country of Haiti. One of the books the students read was Selavi.

Heying said one particular message of the book really inspired the students.

"Alone you can be a single drop of water, but together you can be a mighty river. So we decided we wanted to be a might river," she said.

Do It Best Hardware donated some of the backpacks. Others were bought from money that was donated. The entire project surpassed the students' expectations.

"All I wanted it to be was just a little thing and then it turned out to be a big thing," said Carson Woods.

A seventh grade class in Waverly is also collecting backpacks for Haiti. For more information on the project click here.

Reporter: Danielle Wagner

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