CHATHAM COUNTY, GA (WTOC) - Thursday was a day full of surprises for students and staff at three different Savannah-Chatham Public schools.
The Savannah chapter of the American Red Cross played prize patrol for the winners of the Dollars for Disasters campaign.
Starting with the youngest participants at Hesse Elementary School, their school raised the most out of any other elementary school with one class raising the most. In just one week, the second grade class brought in $1,200.
"Our children worked very hard. They brought in their money from their money from their piggy banks and they were really excited about it," said second grade teacher Princetta Simmons.
The second stop was at Savannah High School, the winner in the high school division. A small class of students edged out other classes at SHS, raising almost $300. To bring in donations, students hosted fun activities, including getting classmates to pay $1 to dress down for the day. Their teacher joined them to accept the trophy.
"We really helped the community and we have a group of caring individuals here at Savannah High School," said teacher James Sinclair.
The prize patrol's last stop was at West Chatham Middle School in Pooler, the winner of the middle school division. One class there raised over $2,600, which helped their school win the Best Middle School prize and also make them the overall winner for the second time in a row.
"Everybody else be warned we're gonna do it again next year and it wasn't just my efforts, it was the kids behind me, it was everybody in the school," said West Chatham Middle School Principal Stascia Hardy. "It was teachers pitched in, we had prizes, we had dress down days, we had parties. It means a lot to us to help the community, to make a difference in the community, because that's why we're here."
The 39 schools that participared in the week long event raised $16,000.
All winning schools received a trophy and a pizza party from Domino's Pizza.