ROUND ROCK, Texas (KXAN) - Not wanting to miss out on a chance to help their fellow Texans in a time of need, elementary school students in the Pflugerville ISD teamed up to raise money for victims in West.
Caldwell Elementary is more than 100 miles away from West, but the school was connected to the small Czech community through their school librarian.
"It's from our whole class," said fourth grader Gabriella Silva. "We brought in $160 for West, Texas."
Roxanne Balusek grew up in West. Her father and several friends still live there.
"I knew at that time that a good family friend of ours had been critically injured," Balusek said, "so I spent a lot of the day that day thinking of him and his family."
Every student who put money in the jar got something in return.
"I feel it's very important for me to hug everyone of them that come in and bring money," Balusek said, "so that's why (the jar) is located here, but the children have done all the work."
The student council organized it all, with no set goal in mind.
"I really hope it can help those people recover," one of the student's said.
As they counted out the money, it was clear the students had made an impact.
"I haven't ever seen this much money before," Olivia Gonzales said.
After all the donations were tallied, the school had raised around $2,500.
"When they get the money back in West they're just gonna be like, thank you!" student council member Malee Longoria said with a smile.
The money raised will be donated to the West disaster relief fund at a community bank in the town.
"Today, I am blown away," Balusek said.
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