Mandan students raise $1,400 for hurricane relief

MANDAN, N.D. - Hurricane Maria is one of the worst natural disasters on record in the Caribbean.

Students at Mandan High School wanted to help out.

Puerto Rico is in pieces after Hurricane Maria swept through. The Category 4 storm with winds of 155 mph did serious damage.

Some Mandan students have family in Puerto Rico, and others empathized with what they were going through. The foreign language club's actions are reaching across the continent.

“We've got the Puerto Rican kids that moved here and we were like there's this huge natural disaster in Puerto Rico and we want to show them that we're all united with each other and that we're going to be there for them,” said Maggie Beach, French club member.

The Latin, French and Spanish clubs collected cash through a bake sale, hat day, and "power hour," in which students collected donations around the school.

“We donated directly to Red Cross and it's going to housing and your basic every day meals, your water, food, everything,” said Beach.

The students raised $1,400

This money goes towards three meals a day, water.

The groups say that this was a learning experience, as well as an accomplishment.

“Our clubs are for different cultures and we are learning about different cultures especially in Spanish club we were learning about Puerto Ricans in both our club and our class, the Puerto Rican culture and stuff like that. It was a big way for us to learn more about that and also help them at the same time,” said Brittany Barnhardt, Spanish club member.

These students found compassion knows no language.

Students say they spent an entire class period brainstorming ideas for fundraising. They came up with the idea all on their own.