Elementary students host fundraiser for Hurricane Harvey

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MINOT, N.D. - Teachers at North Plains Elementary are easing the dress code a bit next week, but they're teaching the students some social responsibility along the way.

These young students understand what it means to be a part of this country.

"Even though they're super far away, they're still part of country and we want to stick together and we want to help each other when we're all in need," said fifth-grader Keara Wright.

Age isn't stopping these kids from making a difference.

"I think other people need our help and even though we're just kids, we can help the other people there and we can encourage other people to do the same," said fifth-grader Laurel Harrison.

It wasn't that long ago when floodwaters made its way through Minot.

"When we had the flood, people all over the country were sending us things. We were thinking it'll be nice of us to do the same thing in Texas," said Wright.

The students at North Plains can wear their favorite hat one day, or dress as a superhero the next, by donating a dollar a day to the relief efforts.

"Our focus this year is being kind and acting with integrity. The kids could not wait to get on board with a way to give back and everyone could be that spark and make a difference in the world. They are very excited," said teacher Heather Kokinda.

Educators say they hope to get more classrooms to join in.

"Our middle school on base is doing a competition between grades. So they're collecting money as well. I'm sure it's just a matter of time before other schools start coming on board with other things to do," said Kokinda.

For only one dollar a day, the students can have fun while also helping people hundreds of miles away.

Friday kicked off with Luau Day and will wrap next week with Superhero day.

The students are hoping to reach their fifteen hundred dollar goal by next Friday.