NAMPA -- The students at Lakevue Elementary School in the Vallivue School District in Nampa decided to do something to help another school in need, across the country, in New Jersey. This week, thanks to modern technology, they got to meet the students they helped.
Frog Pond Elementary School is located in Little Egg Township Harbor, New Jersey. The area was hit hard by Hurricane Sandy last October.
"When the hurricane came, about 50% of the students, family, and staff were displaced," said Lakevue school counselor Jennifer Roman.
With the help of an iPad and Facetime, the kids got to ask questions about the storm from those who experienced it first-hand.
"How much warning did you have when Superstorm Sandy was coming?" asked one Lakevue student. "It was very hard when it came because a lot of people didn't evacuate when they were supposed to," responded a Frog Pond student. "We weren't thinking it would effect us as much as it did. There was a lot of damage."
Some of the students at Frog Pond lost their homes in the storm. "My house was gone, but we lived at our grandma's for about a month and then we got a new house," said a student. "A lot of people moved in with their family members for a while."
A few weeks ago, the students at Lakevue decided to hold a penny drive for Frog Pond. The kids raised more than $550, and converted the pennies into gift cards for the students in New Jersey.
"It just feels so wonderful to be giving something like this to a school that really needs it," said 5th grader Sami Gipson.
Times are tough out there, and Lakevue Elementary is a Title I School, with 78% of the kids there receiving free or reduced lunch. And that makes the donation to Frog Pond even more special.
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