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Long Beach students use hats to help burn victims

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LONG BEACH, MS (WLOX) -

Support for the two children who were severely burned last weekend is spreading throughout the Long Beach School District. On Friday, all five schools in Long Beach held a fund raiser to help the family of Katelyn and Tyler Myers.

The children are being treated at a burn center in Georgia right now, and the family has no insurance. On Friday, many students and teachers decided to help the Myers family by showing up at school wearing hats.

Students throughout the Long Beach School District donated a dollar so they could wear hats to school. Many students gave more than a buck, even those who didn't have hats.

The money will go to the family of Katelyn and Tyler Myers. The children are being treated for second and third degree burns following an explosion outside their home Saturday.

"I wanted to donate, because I knew Tyler and he was a friend of mine and I know he's going through some hard times right now in the hospital. I just wanted to support his cause and just give him all the help he can get," said seventh grader Carter Lishen.

"I just wanted to donate to the cause, because he just had a hard time recently and his family and they just need support and money support too," said seventh grader Sarah Jane Bishop.

Even teachers and staff donned hard hats and soft ones. Cherie Ramsey is Tyler's English teacher at Long Beach Middle School.

"He's in my advanced class and he was always such a good student," said Ramsey. "I always thought he had the most beautiful blue eyes. It's been kind of hard, because I look at his empty desk and he's not there."

As they await news of Tyler and Katelyn's condition, friends at home are doing what they can to show their support.

"It's very overwhelming sometimes, because they have surprised me with their ideas of things they can do to help to raise money," said Ramsey.  "We can't do much to help them, but this is something that we feel is good. It's something that we can do."

"Today, I'm so lifted," said seventh grader Emily LaFontaine. "It feels like, because I know 'wow,' we can probably raise the money to help his parents and his family get what they need so he can better soon. We really hope that he gets better soon so he can reunite with his fellow classmates."

The school district raised a total of $2,191 in just one day. "Hat Day" will be held every Friday until Christmas. More fund raisers for the Myers family are in the works, including a BBQ lunch and gift wrapping event at the middle school on December 8.

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