SAVANNAH, GA (WTOC) - It has been 10 days since a devastating tornado tore through Joplin, Mo.
The twister killed more than 100 people and damaged or destroyed more than 8,000 buildings. Fifth-graders at Gould Elementary in Savannah have organized a fund-raiser to help with cleanup efforts.
Their teacher says it is a great way for them to take stake in their country.
"I think it is a great opportunity for them to learn how to be a good citizen of the United States and help them to know that even though they are only in fifth grade they can make a difference in the world," said teacher Christian Gilbert.
"It makes you feel happy inside. You can meet somebody and know they are in trouble b[ut] they know that you are there because if you are having the same problem, they would probably help you, too," said student Latoya Dunham.
"It feels good. Why? Because it feels like your helping family, like your helping someone, a lot of people, and that's a very good thing," Alan Aparicio, a fifth-grader.
Students have until June 7 to raise money that will be donated to the Salvation Army. The class that raises the most money will also be the winners of a class party.