MOULTRIE -- Never underestimate "kid power" -- or more specifically, "student power." Typically they are full of energy and when great amounts of that energy is harnessed, a lot of good can happen.

Students and staff of Colquitt County Schools raised $30,000 in response to the devastation left behind by Hurricane Katrina. The money was given to Helen Sewell, Colquitt County executive director of the American Red Cross, at the Colquitt County Board of Education meeting Monday night.

The efforts to collect monies have been far reaching.

"Everyone has rallied to support people in need during this crisis," said Superintendent Leonard McCoy.

Okapilco Elementary Beta Club students collected money from the sale of temporary tattoos. Also, students raised money through a "hat day" and "camouflage day" where donations were received to dress in certain clothes.

Children from Hamilton Elementary voluntarily gave up their ice cream and juice money for a couple of days to help those affected. Numerous children chose to cash in their piggy banks, and others sought donations from grandparents, aunt and uncles.

Jewell Howard, principal at Cox Elementary, said, "The faculty and staff, students and parents made personal sacrifices to contribute to the hurricane funds."

A Funston fourth grader saw what happened to the residents of New Orleans and surrounding cities destroyed by the hurricane and wanted to do something to help. She asked her mother if she could have a lemonade stand for the hurricane victims. Her mother agreed and on Saturday, Sept. 10, she sold lemonade and received many donations raising a total of $24.

McCoy praised Sewell for the job she is doing to help displaced families who have taken refuge in Colquitt County.

"We certainly hope that this money will help to bring some sense of normalcy back to the lives of those affected by this tragedy," he said.

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