A truck filled with supplies donated by the local community in an event organized by two Neenah fifth grade students has arrived in South Carolina.
A “Flood the Truck” event was held on Mon., Oct. 12 at Horace Mann Middle School in Neenah and local residents filled a 53-foot semitrailer with supplies that were given to victims of the recent flooding. A pair of Neenah fifth graders, Rachel Frank and Josephine Fisher, organized the entire project.
The truck left on Tuesday and arrived on Wednesday at Leaphart Elementary School in Columbia, S.C. The items benefitted students and families in the Lexington-Richland School District Five. Students from Chapin High School even held a video chat with the Neenah students thanking them for their support.
“The families here in South Carolina around our school district are so grateful,” wrote the district’s Public Information Specialist Katrina Goggins in an e-mail to Horace Mann. “The students and staff are in awe of what your amazing students and staff did for South Carolina residents in need.”
The truck and driver for the project were provided by N&M Transfer, a regional trucking company based in Neenah. The two girls made a cold call to N&M Transfer seeking assistance with the project. They also recruited volunteers to staff the truck and help load and package the donations.