Third grader leads project to help students impacted by Hurricane Harvey

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ALBEMARLE COUNTY, Va. (CBS19 NEWS) -- At just eight years old, Aurelia Whitt, a third grader at Woodbrook Elementary School, is leading the initiative to help students in Houston impacted by Hurricane Harvey.

"I saw how their houses were destroyed and I saw how people were hurt," said Whitt. "A lot of people lost their families."

Wanting to help, she expressed her ideas in a letter to the principal and things took off from there, turning into a school-wide movement.

Woodbrook Elementary connected with Wisdom High School in Texas, a school located in a high-poverty neighborhood and badly damaged by the storm.

For a few weeks, a water jug has been sitting at the school's entrance and kids have been dropping in money to help.

"We raised money and gave our ice cream money just to give it to the people in Texas," said Keywan Carter, a student at Woodbrook.

Jamee Dion, a teacher at Woodbrook says the students raised almost $500 just from donating their allowance money or skipping out on ice cream on Fridays.

Woodbrook students will present a check, perform a song they wrote, and gift students in Texas with a collection of uplifting artwork they created. The two schools will connect through Skype on Friday at 8:30 a.m.

"Seeing that these kids are turning out to be amazing citizens is really what our job is all about," said Dion.

Although she's a little nervous to meet the kids in Texas, Whitt is ready for the Skype date. Her star-studded idea has spawned into a school-wide effort to make a difference to those in need.

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