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WATERLOO (KWWL) -

A fire can destroy a building, but not the community around it.

That's the lesson for students at George Washington Carver Academy in Waterloo. Just ask 6th grade special needs teacher John Hubbard.

The school sits just a few blocks from Tri-City Clothing, which burned to the ground in December. Tri-City and the owner, Harry Carson, partner with the school to get kids necessary materials.

When Hubbard saw the devastation, he knew they had to help.

"We decided to do a coin war," Hubbard said. "We could get the kids involved, get the whole building involved just pay it forward."

After 10 days, they raised $340. Wednesday, in a special assembly, they presented it to Carson. Call it a lot of change making a change -- they all gathered in the gym.

"We had our school mascot come out and pump up the crowd a little bit," Hubbard said.

They have him the money -- a step along the way to rebuilding. Already, Carson is preparing a new space in downtown Waterloo.

"You know, if we can teach these kids nothing but that we can be selfless, and we can be a servant leader, that's the way the kids can truly pay it back," Hubbard said. "That's what we can learn from this.

So these children, usually at school to learn, may have something to teach as well.

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