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Local kids help Hurricane Sandy victims

Local kids help Hurricane Sandy victims

By Beth Fisher. CREATED Dec 13, 2012

Las Vegas, NV (KTNV) -- People on the East Coast are still cleaning up from Hurricane Sandy and some local kids want them to know they care.

These kids are focused on making life in Sandy's path better, but we believe bright caring kids definitely make Las Vegas a better place to live too.

2,500 miles separates these kids from students affected by Hurricane Sandy. But when students at Scherkenbach Elementary School wanted to help, their teacher encouraged their brainstorming. One idea? Design T-shirts. Chose a winner. Print their shirts. And sell them. 

Sarah's T-shirt design won. We asked her why East Coast kids need help, "Because Hurricane Sandy it killed a lot of people and broke their cars." 

The whole idea for shirts came from Sophia, who already had her own website selling things she makes. 

Sophia explained, "How much money we made we would give to the Red Cross and they would give it to people on the East Coast so they could buy supplies." 

But that's not all. Brenton came up with the idea to collect candy for hurricane victims. And they've collected 4 giant tubs. 

Brenton says, "They would have drowned if they tried to trick-or-treat so we should donate them candy so it would be like they trick or treated but we donated the candy to them." 

So, who is fostering these great ideas? Another great teacher, Heidi Carr. She says, "It's teaching them to be well-rounded citizens and being able to experience the joy of giving back to others as well." 

Mrs. Carr posted updates on her website that got the attention of a teacher in New Jersey. Her class, in turn, wrote letters to our Vegas kids thanking them. "They are really heartfelt letters. Some of the students did not have power for over five days. They had to go to other people's houses to eat. " 

Kids putting others before themselves making Las Vegas and the East Coast. a better place to live. 

If you'd like to buy a T-shirt, click here.

Beth Fisher

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Beth Fisher is an anchor for Good Morning Las Vegas and reports on the positive news in Las Vegas.