May Howard Students Raise Money for Refinery Victim's Family

May Howard Elementary
May Howard Elementary

WILMINGTON ISLAND, GA (WTOC) - We know that so many families throughout our community have been affected by the terrible tragedy at the Imperial Sugar refinery, and that includes several people who work in the Savannah-Chatham County Public School System.

The students at May Howard Elementary are coming together to help one of their own. So, if students are out of uniform at the school, there is a very good reason.

By dressing down, May Howard students have undertaken an uplifting effort.

"One of the reasons for dress-down days is for a fun activity to raise money," said student Allyssa Ross.

"We are raising money for the burn victims of the sugar refinery explosion," said Jack Finnegan.

When the students found out one of their school's pre-K advocates, Monica Williams, lost her cousin in the explosion, they wanted to help out even more.

So, in order to wear blue jeans and T-shirts, each student donated one dollar. Some donated even more than that, all to help the Williams family get through this difficult time.

Principal Vernon Cole says this was the students' idea.

"A dollar for dress-down isn't a whole lot, but it does feel like they are doing something good for what has happened," said Cole.

Williams said she had been deeply moved by the outpouring of love, and prayers and concerns that have been demonstrated by the May Howard family.

It's a family that says it will continue supporting her in any way it can.

Reported by: Brooke Kelley,