Brooke students pitch in to help Kanawha County

Just a day after the chemical spill that left thousands of southern West Virginia residents without water, a group of Brooke High School students organized a collection of bottled water, food and other supplies.

Through the help of several adult volunteers and the generosity of many area businesses, the effort yielded two large truckloads of materials for victims of the spill, Toni Shute, the school’s principal, told the Brooke County Board of Education last week.

Shute said student Chad Harper launched the drive, recruiting fellow students Scott and Alex Edgell, John Hall, Katie and Erin Conaway, Natalie Henwood, Maddie Marks, Dante Rosso, Carlie Diserio, Cody Younciak, Logan Green and Heath Hildreth.

Shute said phone calls led to an outpouring of donations of money, water, food, baby supplies and paper products.

The food and materials were donated by many businesses. In addition to loading the trucks, bus drivers volunteered to drive them to Charleston, Shute said.

“It was West Virginians helping West Virginians. It was a great feeling,” she said of the effort.