THUNDERBOLT, GA (WTOC) - Every week, we feature one student who stands out and is a WTOC Top Teen. This week we are doing something a little bit different. The entire student body at Johnson High School are this week's Top Teens.
The explosion at the Imperial Sugar refinery hit close to home for Johnson high students and staff, directly affecting four families.
School counselor Chiriga Gordon has three cousins who were inside the refinery when it exploded. All three are now at the Joseph M. Still Burn Center in Augusta.
"At first we didn't know what was happening and then we got word they were sent to Augusta and that's where they remain today," said Gordon. "All three were severely burned."
While Gordon is helping to take care of her family, her school family is helping to take care of her. On Friday, the students will bring in at least one dollar to dress down out of their normal uniform.
"It really affected our community and it was devastating," said Johnson student Amari Benlvei.
And now they want to raise as much money as they can for the four families with ties to Johnson.
"The money we can raise that can help pay medical bills and expenses," said Ellie Devyatkin. "We just want to help."
When the students donate tomorrow, they will get a sticker that states they have helped out the burn victims.
And as for Gordon, she is thankful to live in such a great community and work for a great school that's coming together in her time of need.
"It's good to know,'' she said, "that the students come together and are a part of the community effort to help out when there are those that need help."
The students' goal is to raise at least $3,000. They'll divide the money azmong the families.