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Students raise funds for Texas school hit by hurricane

Students and faculty with the Demopolis City School System has completed a project to raise funds for a school devastated in the aftermath of Hurricane Harvey.

The schools sold t-shirts with a theme of “Tigers Helping Tigers” with the proceeds benefitting Martin Elementary School in Beaumont, Texas. The schools in Beaumont also have a Tiger mascot.

In all, 660 t-shirts were sold at all four local schools, bringing in $3,400 that will be used to purchase school supplies for first graders at MES.

While the project was coordinated in part by History and French teacher Amie Miller, it was students at the high school who wanted to do something to help when Harvey hit the Texas coast.

“The students really wanted to do something and the history department helped with selling the shirts,” Miller said.

The decision to help Martin Elementary School came through contacts made by another teacher, Meggin Mayben.

“I met a teacher from the Martin Middle School at a workshop in Colorado several years ago. I contacted him after the hurricane hit and while his school was fine, he told me about the water that flooded their elementary school, effecting the students there greatly. The lost all their school supplies in the water,” Mayben said.