ROSALIE, Ala. - Damage from the tornado that hit Jackson County is still evident. Just driving down the road you can see twisted metal in trees, limbs piled up, and remnants of home. There's a bright spot in all of this though, and it stemmed from the minds of sixth graders.
Down the road from where damage from the tornado that ripped through Rosalie is left behind, is Rosalie School. Friday, that's where a group of students gathered - some know the area, others, asked for a tour of the school.
The visiting students are from Collins Intermediate School in Scottsboro. They came Friday on a special trip. "I feel like the main reason is we just wanted to help people," explains Maggie Whitaker, "We didn't want to watch people get hurt ."
"Once we got done with this whole thing, it felt good to know this money is going to help someone's life," added Tyson Sexton.
"If you do something good for the other people, something good is liable to happen to you," Kaje Jordan said. All three are students together at Collins Intermediate School.
Something good is exactly what that group of students decided to do. Initially they wanted to help students in Gatlinburg affected by the fires.
"All of a sudden one of us blurts out, 'let's do a coin drop'," Whitaker said. The students presented their proposal to the superintendent, all on their own. Their idea turned into an effort that spread across the entire school. Classes challenged each other, and students went above and beyond.
"2,582 dollars in a week and three days," Sexton said. That's how much they raised.
Then the tornadoes hit - very close to home. That's when they students decided they needed to do something else.
They gave half of the money raised to the students at Rosalie School. "For us, we just wanted to help out somebody," Sexton said. "You don't sit there and watch people get hurt," Whitaker added.
"What if you were in this position? What if you were the one who was suffering from everything that was happening? You would want someone to help you recover from this," said Jordan.
That's a lesson everyone should learn, but it seems as if these kids already understand.
The money for a school in Gatlinburg was mailed out Friday.