Students collect money for Haiti

Students at Fatima Elementary School are digging deep in their pockets to help the relief effort in Haiti. Over the past two weeks, students have raised more than $1,000 for the effort.

The sixth grade coordinated the effort with some help from the fourth graders; though the entire school got in on the fundraising. The students presented the check to a representative from the Red Cross on Friday afternoon.

Students say they saw the devastation and wanted to help.

"We wanted to do it because we are so fortunate to have all this that we have, student Cody Huhn said.

"I hope it will help them get rid of most of the rubble and help them build new houses, student Mallory Aughtman said.

The money will indeed help the rebuilding effort. Jefferson City Red Cross official Melissa Friel says it's the rainy season right now in Haiti, and the money will go for shelter.

"They did a great job raising over $1,000 and it will have such a positive impact on the people of Haiti, Friel said. The kids learned a little something along the way, they had a little bit of fun with it and they've done a great job and I'm really proud of them."

For their efforts, the sixth grade teachers are letting the kids throw pies at them.