GREENSBORO, N.C. -- When an EF-2 tornado hit Guilford and Rockingham Counties Sunday, students at Ben L. Smith High School in Greensboro saw the devastation and came up with a solution to help.
They turned their spring fundraiser into a supply drive for tornado victims. The school's "Spring Festival" is now serving as a drop off location to benefit the tornado relief effort.
Jonathan Byrd works with students at the school. He says he saw the festival as a way to serve an even bigger purpose.
"This is our annual fundraiser but because of the recent tornado we knew we needed to come together as a school and help out our community," said Byrd. "We're accepting donations of food, clothes, water and pretty much anything that's needed. A lot of people lost everything, so there's a wide variety of things that can be brought to help."
Student Faith Nelson saw the damage and wanted to act.
"I was devastated, more shocked that something like this can happen in Greensboro and it was like 5 to 10 minutes away from our home," she told WFMY News 2's Tracey McCain. "We're helping the community by collecting canned foods, water, jackets, clothes anything that can help them out because some people lost everything. And I would hope people would do the same if it were on our side of town."
You can take part in the school's annual step show, fashion show and drum line battle and help an amazing cause Saturday, April 21, 2018.
It starts at 8am with a yard, plant and craft sale. The drum line and dance team battle begins at Noon, followed by an International Students Exhibition at 2pm. The poetry slam and fashion show begins at 3pm and the step show ends the evening at 5pm.
The school is located at 2407 South Holden Road in Greensboro. All activities except the yard sale will take place in the school's gymnasium.