Lincoln students raise money for tornado victims

Published 1:37 pm Tuesday, December 28, 2021

On Dec. 13, Lincoln County Schools launched the “Bring a Buck” campaign to help tornado victims in Kentucky. The district was able to raise $4,631.23 that will be sent to Dawson Springs Independent Schools to help students and families recover from the devastating tornadoes.

Dawson Springs is a small community in Western Kentucky that was in the direct path of the tornadoes in mid-December. In an interview with CNN, Dawson Springs Mayor Chris Smiley said 75% of the town was wiped out by the tornado.  The tornado also claimed the life of Jenny Bruce, who was a Dawson Springs Board of Education member and had worked for the school district for 40 years.

The “Bring a Buck” campaign was a one-week (12/13-12/17) fundraising campaign that asked students and staff members to bring $1 to school to donate to help students in school districts impacted by tornadoes.

“We wanted to choose a dollar amount that was inclusive to all students who wanted to participate. We also wanted to select a district that we knew needed the help,” said Lincoln County Schools Communications Coordinator Brad Smith. “Dawson Springs is a rural community much like our small towns in Lincoln County. We are glad to be able to send the funds there to hopefully assist them with their recovery.”

Lincoln County will be sending the funds collected directly to Dawson Springs Independent Schools.