PCSSD Helping Students, Faculty Affected by Tornado

- LITTLE ROCK, AR - The Pulaski County Special School District (PCSSD) has many students whose families lost everything in the April 27 tornado.

This week one teacher's lesson changed from how plants grow, to how to cope with disaster and giving back to fellow classmates.

Julie Hathcote enjoys reading to her first grade students at Chenal Elementary, she looks forward to their happy faces.

"They're always beaming with smiles, even if their day may not have started that well," she says.

But this week hasn't been great for her student Hannah. The girl's family lost everything in the storm. Now the lesson on plants has turned into one of giving.

"It's really been amazing, because the boys and girls have brought in so many things for her, even though it may have been tough and it still is tough on her family," says Hathcote.

It's not just Chenal taking in items for tornado victims, there are a lot of affected students and personnel in the district.

On the front page of the PCSSD website there is a list of schools where you can donate and find out what's needed.

"You can stop by your local school and drop off a gift card, or help out with their effort, like Maumelle, all next week they will take in different items everyday," says PCSSD spokesperson Deb Roush.

They say there's strength in numbers, but the "strength" here comes through friends. So no matter where you live in Pulaski County, there is a school doing something for tornado relief. Just check the link above to find a location near you and learn what each school is doing.

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