BROOMFIELD - When kids need help, kids can come to the rescue. An effort that started at Coyote Ridge Elementary is now growing to schools from California to Missouri.
"It's a good idea to help other schools," Alfie Whitemore, 3rd grader at Coyote Ridge Elementary, said.
During the heavy rains, Crest View Elementary in north Boulder was flooded several times causing damage in about 85 percent of the building. Not only did that require massive repairs, but a lot of materials inside the building were lost.
"Any school supplies, books, curriculum materials that were on the ground all got thrown out because they got destroyed by water," Tracy Halgren, co-chair of the Crest View Elementary Parent-Teacher Organization, said.
So, Tracy Amend, a parent at Crest View and a former administrator in the Adams 12 Five Star School District, contacted former colleagues at Coyote Ridge Elementary in Broomfield with an idea to help. Coyote Ridge Principal Megan Cain loved the idea of creating something they're calling "Kids Helping Kids."
"Responsibility number one is to teach kids how to read, write, do math, think like scientists, all of those good things," Cain said. "But, our other responsibility is to teach kids how to be a part of the community."
Starting this week, each classroom at Coyote Ridge has a "Kids Helping Kids" box for students to collect what they can.
"Folders, journals, glue sticks and pencils," Isabelle Minckler, 3rd Grader at Coyote Ridge, said. "They didn't have lots of school supplies, so we were going to get together and help them."
Halgren says Crest View is in dire need of books since much of the school's library and teachers' classroom libraries were soaked. She says the school has a big need for furniture, too.
"It destroyed all of the things that were low lying," Halgren said.
But, while the students collect supplies, what they're also picking up is momentum. Three other schools in Colorado have joined in with their own "Kids Helping Kids" drives. A school in Laguna Beach, California and St. Louis, Missouri are also pitching in.
"We are so overwhelmed by the amount of support from everybody," Halgren said. "I'm sort of speechless at it. I mean it is just an amazing thing that they're doing."
An effort from one kid to another.
"It feels like I am actually helping somebody," Whitemore said.
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