South Pittsburg, TN (WRCB) -- Students from south Pittsburg high school in Marion county are coming to the aid of a storm-stricken family from Bridgeport, Alabama. As Channel 3 first reported this week, they donated their $2,000 raised for an end of school year trip.
This was more or less a no brainer for the students at South Pittsburg High School. A true testament of what teachers are trying to instill in the younger generation.
"We think that it's important for kids to know that we do for them, but when it comes time and there's a need, they need to do for others," said teacher Elizabeth Mount.
Message received, loud and clear. Months after saving enough money for a trip to Tybee Island, near Savannah, disaster struck.
Mount offered her class a choice. Take the trip or give the money to a family in Bridgeport Alabama who lost a 12-year-old son in the storms.
An anonymous vote led to a unanimous decision, the money now belongs to the Warren family.
"Like anyone would say, it's better to give than receive, something always comes back to you," said South Pittsburg Junior Miranda Corley.
Sure enough something very unexpected did come back. Anonymous donors came up with enough money for them to take the trip anyway.
The teachers broke the good news today.
"We kept it a secret, and let them revel in their sacrifice for a while. They never mentioned the trip, they never whined about I wish we didn't have to give up the trip. They're just amazing kids," said Mont.
With more donations coming in, not only is there enough for the trip, but more storm victims will be helped.
Full circle, and then some. A decision these kids say they would make over and over again.
"I would have felt the guilt of not giving anything to that family. After all that they've been through. Like going to Bridgeport and seeing the destruction down there," said Corley.