Rockland students raise money for elementary school in PR

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North Rockland High School is raising money to help elementary students in Puerto Rico after Hurricane Maria destroyed their school.

An AP Spanish class is learning how to make the world a better place and not by just reading textbooks. The idea sparked after a retired teacher told the class about the Dr. Julio J. Henna Elementary School. "She saw how devastated it was for this particular school, so she decided to identify that school for us," says Spanish teacher Franciso Garcia- Quezada.

So the North Rockland High School students jumped right into action. They raised over $5,000 by selling T-shirts, bracelets, even empanadas. They are now using that money to help the elementary school get back on its feet. "We're buying school supplies, different workbooks that they need," says student Irving Sanchez.

Thanks to Skype video-calling technology the class even gets to see the kids they're helping. "Despite everything that's bad that happened, they're still very happy for all we've done," says student Jisel Wallace.

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