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Science Project Makes Thousands of Dollars for Tornado Relief

MORTON – At Morton Junior High, Mrs. Heller's eighth grade science was given a special assignment for the holidays.
MORTON – At Morton Junior High, Mrs. Heller's eighth grade science was given a special assignment for the holidays.
"The original assignment was ‘go green for Christmas or the holidays.’"
Like most students, Grant Churchill and his team of four started right away.
“We were working on like environmental gifts, like how we can take like the USB card off an Xbox and Playstation and put that into a computer and stuff," said Churchill, an eighth grader.  
But days before their due date, they witnessed tragedy 15 minutes away.
"We were working on environmentally safe gifts for Christmas, but then the tornadoes struck Washington," said classmate Zach Marchildon.  
"The beginning of class they approached me. They said we don't want to research environmentally friendly gifts anymore,” said Heller. “We want to change this to gifts to help the community or to help Washington."
So the boys got to work, making orange wristbands that read “Washington Strong.”  In a matter of days, the project reached far beyond classroom.
"We ordered 1,000. We got our shipment two days ago and in 24 hours, we sold 880," said Heller.  
At two dollars per bracelet, people all over the country are buying.
"I knew we would get buys, but I didn't know it would go all over the country," said Marchildon.
“I never knew that they would sell this fast, but it's great to see the whole country really coming together for the town that's right next door," Heller said.  
The group says they’re proud of their project and helping neighbors is better than any grade.  
"A lot of my friends have their houses them down. It's just devastation to the community and I thought we could build something up so we could raise money to build houses again," said Churchill.  
Wristbands have been shipped as far Washington D.C., Florida and Texas. The students plan to order an additional 1,000 wristbands to meet demands. The bracelets will be sold at Five Points Washington.
Proceeds are given to the American Red Cross.
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