Mrs. Heller's 8th grade science class was given a special assignment for the holidays.
"The original assignment was, we have a display case outside and it was 'Go Green for Christmas or the Holidays.'"
Like most students, Grant Churchill and this team of four started right away.
"We were working on, like, environmental gifts, like how we can take, like the USB card off an Xbox and PlayStation and put that into a computer and stuff."
But, days before their due date, everything changed.
"We were working on environmentally-safe gifts for Christmas, but then the tornadoes struck Washington."
"The beginning of the class, they approached me. They said, 'we don't want to research environmentally-friendly gifts anymore. We want to change this to gifts to help the community or to help Washington.'"
So, the boys got to work and made these; orange wristbands reading, "Washington Strong." In a matter of days, their project reached far beyond the classroom.
"We ordered 1,000. We got our shipment two days ago, and in 24-hours, we sold 880."
At $2 a piece, people all over the country are buying.
"I knew we would get buys, but I didn't know it would go all over the country."
"I never knew that they would sell this fast, but it's great to see the whole country really coming together for the town that's right next door."
Now, the boys say they're proud of their project and say helping their neighbors rebuild is the best grade the could get.
"A lot of my friends have their houses torn down. It's just a devastation to the community and I thought we could build something up so we could raise money to build houses again."
Wristbands have been shipped as far away as Washington, D.C., Florida and Texas. The students plan to order more wristbands to meet demand and will sell them at Five Points Washington. Proceeds are given to the American Red Cross.
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