HAZELWOOD, MO (KTVI)-The Hazelwood School District is lending a helping hand to the community. On Saturday, staff met at Russell Elementary School and began walking through neighborhoods affected by the April 10, 2013 tornado. They plan to pass along information on resources and help families obtain donated food and supplies.
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For many of the faculty and staff members is was a very personal mission. Many of the kids impacted by the storm attend Russell.
"There’s not words to express how we feel as teachers," Paula Brake told us. "This is our community. This is our life. This is what we do every day. And we care about them."
They heard plenty of stories, and they are stories they need to be aware of. These are the demons they will begin helping students get over when they return to school.
"Everybody’s going to need time," counselor Cindy Szarek said. "They’re going to have to talk about it and share and just be together. It takes time to go back to whatever normal is for these families."
If you are interested in donating items for tornado victims, the HSD Learning Center will be open Saturday and Sunday from 8am until 5pm. Items needed include water, toiletries, blankets, flashlights, batteries, diapers, baby wipes and cleaning supplies. The Learning Center is located at 15955 New Halls Ferry Road in Florissant, MO. Checks can be made to the HSD Community Response Team.
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A 24-hour Red Cross shelter remains open at the Hazelwood Civic Center at 8969 Dunn Road. It will stay open as long as there is a need.