One by one, Shields Elementary students headed to the back of the bus Sept. 22.
Some had boxes of canned goods and food. Others had cases of water or clothes. All were taking a moment to help out those hit hard by hurricanes in Texas and Florida.
“I feel bad for all the people who lost their homes,” said fifth-grader Hayden Hudson.
Fifth-grader Edison Enrique was one of dozens of students who brought clothes and canned goods to “stuff the bus.” He paused to think what it would be like if a hurricane hit the East Coast.
“It would be tough if it happened here,” he said.
Fifth-grader Keller Mancari said he watched television coverage of Hurricane Harvey and Hurricane Irma.
“A lot of people had to get their boats to save people,” he said.
Armed with canned goods and rice, Jade Warrington, fifth grade, said she hopes the school bus full of items goes to good use.
“I want to help people,” she said. “I felt so bad seeing what happened.”
After about an hour of loading, students filled a school bus, a Child Nutrition box truck and the back of a pickup truck with goods which were driven to God's Way in Milford. From Milford, the goods will head down to Texas and Florida, said Principal Jenny Nauman.
She said she was proud of the way her students responded to the call. The Lewes Fire Department contacted her, and within days, students sprang into action.
“The amount of stuff they brought was amazing,” she said. “They brought a lot of things for the needy, but also some fun things like toys.”
AVID students at Mariner Middle and Beacon Middle also gathered items for hurricane victims, said Stephanie Kichline, public relations coordinator for the district. Students collected pencils, notebook paper, duct tape and other school items, and sent them to Freeport Intermediate School in Texas.