West Side Elementary and Ringgold Primary are teaming up to collect donations through their Fill the Bus campaign to help the Sharrock family as they settle into their new home built last week by "Extreme Makeover: Home Edition"
"We have over $700 in donations for Fill the Bus," said West Side Elementary School fourth-grade teacher Myra Adams. "Pre-kindergarten students through fifth grade are collecting money. Parents have collected money at work, so it has been a community thing."
Adams said West Side plans to continue collecting funds for the family through the end of February.
"I'm just proud of the children that they want to help other people," said WSES principal Chris Byrum. "That's what life is all about, helping and caring for other people. Our goal is to raise $1,000 for the Sharrock family."
WSES fourth-grader Kerrighan Ray said "it's awesome" to see all the children bringing in money for 9-year-old Patrick Sharrock.
While West Side collects monetary donations, Ringgold Primary School has been collecting food.
"You may have to be 18 to volunteer to work at the 'Extreme Makeover: Home Edition' build site, but our children wanted to make a difference too," said principal Nancy Gurganus. "During the Extreme Makeover Week, while Ty and his build team were getting ready to move that bus the students at Ringgold Primary School participated in the Fill that Bus food campaign."
Gurganus said the Chattanooga Area Food Bank and "Extreme Makeover: Home Edition" partnered with the goal to collect 310,000 pounds of food to help the many needy families in the area.
"In just 24 hours, Ringgold Primary School students collected 18 large boxes of non-perishable food items and delivered them to Westview Elementary, a neighboring school in Hamilton County," said Gurganus. "Our collection helped to fill two school buses of food there, gathered by students in the Ringgold and East Brainerd areas. These big-hearted children contributed 3,315 pounds of food to the Chattanooga Area Food Bank."