Local school raises money to rebuild hospital damaged by Irma

FOWLERVILLE, Mich. (WSYM) - A local school is raising money to help people hurt by Hurricane Irma.

The 8th grade class at Fowlerville Junior High School decided they wanted to make a difference and help those affected by Irma in the Florida Keys.

They researched and found out that Fishermen's Community Hospital needed to raise money in order to completely rebuild the hospital from the ground up.

Kimberly Gregory was one of the many residents whose home was destroyed after Hurricane Irma.

The storm made landfall in the Florida Keys as a Category 4 on September 10, 2017.

And Kim's place of employment, the Fishermen's Community Hospital, part of Baptist Health South Florida, was also severely damaged and unable to open forcing the hospital to build a mobile field hospital in the parking lot.

Kim kept her situation visible through social media. That's how a Michigan teacher found out about it.

Miss Kelli Thortnon-Miller, the 8th grade social studies teacher at the Junior High, was moved by the story and shared it with her students as a way to teach them about how natural disasters affect real people.

The students started to hold fundraisers and other activities to raise money to send to Kim for the hospital.

On Tuesday, June 5, the students are Skyping with Kim Gregory and get to see the fruits of their labor.

Something that Ms. Kelli thinks is a great teaching moment for the kids.

Kim will give the students a virtual tour of the field hospital and show the kids the plans to rebuild the main hospital.

FOX 47's Megan Hiler is there and will have the full story on FOX 47 at 10 PM.