By: Noelani Mathews | WCTV Eyewitness News
December 7, 2018
SEMINOLE COUNTY, Ga. (WCTV) – Excitement and laughter filled the classrooms at Seminole County Elementary School Thursday morning as students received a huge surprise, aiming to replenish what was lost during Hurricane Michael.
Seminole County Elementary is still recovering from Michael. The storm ripped the school’s roof off and damaged classrooms. One building that is still fenced off is currently under repair.
Despite the lingering damage, teachers are finding a lot to be thankful for. It’s not Christmas yet, but Second Harvest is helping make spirits bright for every classroom.
"Teachers may I have your attention, please?" announced the school’s principal. "They are going to bring you an early Christmas present, so when you see a stranger at the door, please let them in.”
"We have a Yoobi classroom pack for you guys," said the Yoobi delivery person.
The Yoobi classroom packs are stuffed with everything a student needs to excel. More than 60 of the Yoobi packs were provided, full of items like folders, pencils and crayons.
"I don't want another disaster to come along, but it's definitely opened my eyes to how much people are willing to help," said teacher Shannon Adams.
The packs are also providing the hope of finding a new normal.
"I think it just encourages them. It just makes them feel special. It makes them feel like even though things might not be great at home, at school they feel loved and they feel happy and that's a good thing,” Adams added.
"It gave them something fun to do and I think when children can be distracted from the burdens they might be carrying, it just makes life fun. Just a light, fun moment,” said teacher Michelle Wingertsahn.
Second Harvest said a few other Seminole County middle and high school teachers will also receive the classroom packs, helping more than 60 homerooms. They’re hoping to replenish any supplies that were lost during the storm.
The organization also says this is just the starting point for its efforts. 200 boxes were donated by the Kids in Need Foundation for hurricane relief. Each one contains nearly $500 worth of supplies.