SWARTZ CREEK (WJRT) (3/12/2018) - Staff and students at Morrish Elementary School are rallying behind a family from the school that lost everything in a house fire over the weekend.
"I just can't even imagine what these kids are going through, you know. They've lost their comfortable space that they lived in," said Morrish Elementary Principal Michele Corbat.
Two of her students lost their home to a fire just after midnight Saturday morning. The Flint Township Fire Department said it started in the basement but quickly rose, causing heat and smoke damage throughout.
"Doesn't matter if it's a child in our school, a child in a neighboring school. We're gonna do whatever we can to support that child and their family," Corbat said.
Plus, Morrish Elementary has been implementing the Positivity Project this year.
"The whole premise is the 'other people matter' mindset. And so, we look for big opportunities like this and little day to day things where our students see the good in themselves and in one another," Corbat said.
She said they all wanted to step up to help the family get back on their feet.
"Any kind of restaurant gift cards would be super helpful, as they don't have a kitchen to prepare meals. Any kind of monetary donations, we're accepting through the week, as they're working towards just their immediate needs," she said.
As the donations pour in, Corbat said the teachers can now focus on the students' return to school later this week.
"That's our biggest focus is, when the children do come back, that it's a nice transition and that they feel comfortable and safe and know that this is a safe place to be," she said.
The Positivity Project at Morrish Elementary led students and their families to donate $600 to honor two Grand Blanc students, London and McKenna, who just passed away last week.
Anyone who would like to help this new effort can drop off donations to the school or click on the "Related Links" on the right side of this story.