Petal students help make a change


After Petal was hit by a tornado in January, numerous school districts reached out to Petal School District to offer assistance.

The schools received school supplies, cleaning supplies and gift cards that were distributed to the affected families.

Now they are looking to pay it forward.

The school district began collecting coins on Monday, Sept. 18 and will accept donations through Friday, Sept. 22.

The donations will be used to purchase gift cards to send to Klein Independent School District located north of Houston that experienced damage from Hurricane Harvey.

Employees in the district have personal connections with the district and they were able to make direct contact with officials in that district, according to Superintendent Dr. Matt Dillon.

“We received a lot of help in the aftermath of the tornado back in January, so we just want to pay it forward,” Dillon said as he revealed the plan to the Petal School District Board of Trustees last week.

Petal Schools are also planning to donate to a district in Florida that needs assistance from Hurricane Irma.

Each school and department will get a five gallon bucket to fill with coins. The maintenance department will pick up the donations on Monday, September 25.

A local bank will count all the change.

Each school will have a five gallon bucket and each department will have a one gallon bucket.

The goal is to fill up those buckets by the end of the week.