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Students help schools affected by flood waters
Spout Springs Elementary School fifth-graders from left, Megan Bennett, 10, Cole Gillesp, 10, and Amy McDonald, 11, place packs of paper on top of a stack of supplies the school has collected for Atlanta-area schools affected by the floods. - photo by SARA GUEVARA

Spout Springs Elementary fifth-grader Amy McDonald, 11, can only imagine what it might be like for flood waters to destroy her school.

"I would hate it," she said. "All of the books in the library would be gone and all the other stuff we take for granted."

Amy and other students at Spout Springs Elementary are bringing in school supplies to donate to the kids in Cobb County schools who were hardest hit by recent flooding.

Students at Flowery Branch High and White Sulphur Elementary schools are also collecting donations for flood victims.

Spout Springs Principal Steve McDaniel said he will never forget seeing a submerged Clarkdale Elementary School flicker across television screens last week.

"I think the image of a school being under water up to the roof with only the name of the school visible will always be etched in our minds," he said. "I think we all could relate at some level. ... We wanted to help in any small way we can."

Jane Smith, a secretary at Spout Springs Elementary, helped organize a drive that directs different grade levels to bring in crayons, pencils, glue, markers and paper.

Students will collect items through Wednesday. Community members are invited to drop off donations at the school’s front office.

McDaniel said the flood has been a teachable moment for educators to demonstrate compassion for neighbors.

Spout Springs fifth-grader Megan Bennett said she’s glad she has a chance to help other kids.

"I think they would raise school supplies for us," she said.

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