At the Carrollwood Day School in Tampa, Florida, there are students that have a proven track record of helping those in need, whether it's children affected by Hurricane Harvey in Texas, or feeding the hungry in their own community. Developed in partnership with NBC News Learn. To learn more about Red Nose Day, visit www.RedNoseDay.org
Kids Helping Kids -- Florida School Pitches In to Help Others
LESTER HOLT (NBC Nightly News, 8/27/2017): Tonight, breaking news. Historic flooding disaster.
MICHELLE DEBBAUDT (Student): I first heard about Hurricane Harvey from the news.
HOLT (NBC Nightly News, 8/27/2017): A stalled Tropical Storm Harvey still tormenting the region two days after it came ashore as a hurricane.
DEBBAUDT: I was aware that there would be a hurricane hitting around the Texas area. It really impacted me when I was talking about it at school and I heard how bad it was.
HOLT (NBC Nightly News, 8/27/2017): Rainfall amounts could reach fifty inches before it’s over.
DREW SCHULTZ (Student): I think a lot of students decided they wanted to do something about Harvey, and they brought it to the teachers and the teachers thought about it and said, "We're going to have a drive."
AIDAN RAGAN (Student): We donated from toilet paper, toothbrushes, to books and toys. Anything that could be ruined in a house. Anything of value.
SCHULTZ: The entire school was involved and we all brought in the supplies.
DEBBAUDT: We had this big banner that had a huge, like, words of encouragement. And we all, like, wrote our names to them and everything and I felt really good. Knowing that we could help students from other schools and from around the world was really nice.
JEFF ROSSEN (NBC TODAY, 9/7/2018): Why do you want to give?
Student: So it makes them happy.
SCHULTZ: After the drive I saw a video of the supplies being driven over to Texas and unloaded by the schools.
ROSSEN (NBC TODAY, 9/7/2018): For you guys for school, you have to go back to school soon, right?
DEBBAUDT: After we saw the video of them accepting the donations, we felt really proud of ourselves for doing what we could. And knowing that they were people of our age, we felt that we had finally done something really nice for them. It was really nice to see all of them smiling.
ALLISON AGLIATA (Carrollwood Day School): I do believe that giving back and having that character development as our foundation of this school is-- it really is a way of life and it is a culture for our school. So it's not something that we just talk about, it's something that we truly do and we try to role model for our students. The eighth graders at our school all are required to do a community project for our international baccalaureate program. We had a set of students who chose Feeding Tampa Bay. And it's a great organization locally here for us, because it does allow students of many ages to be able to participate.
SCHULTZ: Feeding Tampa Bay is a non-profit organization that gets food and delivers them to food insecure people around the community.
RAGAN: Food insecure means that they're not necessarily homeless, they just don't have enough time or enough money to go out and buy food.
DEBBANDT: When we walk in, I think it's exciting for the three of us because it's more of a fun experience in knowing that we're helping others is really important to us.
SCHULTZ: Yeah, I don't really see it as a community service that I have to do. It's just-- it's kinda just fun.