ST. MARTIN, MS (WLOX) - For some 70 students at St. Martin High School, it was a time to give back. For the past week, the students have been collecting supplies to help the victims of the tornadoes that ripped through Hattiesburg and Petal 12 days ago.
Thursday morning, the students loaded up a cargo hauler and three school buses and headed up to the Pine Belt.
The first stop was a Baptist church that is being used as a launching point for volunteer efforts. Then, the students made a visit to Petal Elementary School, which was heavily damaged by a tornado.
Boxes upon boxes of school supplies we're headed out to the children. After that, the students went out into the community to help residents dig out from the debris left behind by the twisters.
Many of the students say they remember all the help the coast received following Hurricane Katrina back in 2005. They felt it was only right to pay it forward.
In addition to the students, a couple of teachers and the school's principal also joined in on this labor of love.
The students will spend most of the day in the Pine Belt before heading back home later this evening. They all say they hope they can make a difference, and no doubt, they will.