Verner students recently raised almost $3,000 to help a Louisiana school that was devastated by the state’s severe flooding in August. Through the VERNER CARES initiative, students purchased bracelets in support of Greenbriar Elementary School in Baton Rouge. The money will be used by Greenbrier teachers to replenish the materials and supplies they lost when the school was under 3 to 4 feet of water.
“In 2011, so many people came to the aid of Tuscaloosa after so many people here were devastated by the tornado,” said Mary Virginia Best, the Verner parent who spearheaded the initiative. “We wanted to develop a service project to help another community that suffered.”
In addition to raising funds, Verner students wrote letters and cards to send to the students at Greenbriar which is similar in size to Verner. Third grade classes put together care packages for their new friends in Louisiana. ReadBAMARead, a local non-profit organization that provides books for needy schools, donated $250 in books to the Greenbrier Elementary School library.
“As our students communicated with children at Greenbrier, they were able to put a face with the people they were helping,” said Best.
Beth Curtis, Verner Elementary’s principal, expressed pride in the students’ efforts to help Greenbrier Elementary. “This teaches our children more than they’ll ever learn in a classroom,” Curtis said.