Dixon Middle School students helping those impacted in Texas by Harvey


JACKSONVILLE, Onslow County - Some middle school students are trying to help those in Texas flooded out by Hurricane Harvey.

The 8th graders at Dixon Middle School saw what Harvey did to Texas and decided they wanted to do something to help. Less than two weeks into the school year, these 8th graders are getting a real-world lesson in kindness.

"When I asked them last week if they wanted to be a part of it they were very excited," said Patty Browne, and eighth-grade social studies teacher.

It started with a question.

"How can we do this as a student body? How can we make this real to our students?" Browne said.

The answer fell into Browne's lap ... her email actually.

"My daughter goes to Dance Theater of Jacksonville and they sent out an email saying they were doing a collection," Browne said.

Here was a concrete opportunity with a set destination: The Woodlands United Methodist Church in Houston, where the donated items can be housed and distributed. With a plan in place, Browne mustered her troops.

"They were like, 'Yes! Let's do it! Let's collect, let's make posters'," Browne said. "And so they brain-stormed about what they could do to help get the word out."

In just days, her homeroom class rallied Dixon Middle School's student body using flyers and posters to spread the word about the collection. Soon, they had a whole room full of donations.

"In like a kind of weird way it makes you feel like you're closer to people who are not in your area," said Carlos Hurd, an 8th grader.

"It's great cuz I wanted to teach the kids compassion for strangers," Browne said. "You know, I teach social studies and we're learning about U.S. history and that includes good and bad and I want them to ... to see good."

The truck carrying the donations leaves for Texas on Thursday.

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