THS gives $4K to Lee County tornado victims

(Carmen Rodgers) The Tallassee High School Student Council presented Tallaweka Baptist Church's Pastor Isaac Kervin and The Elmore Baptist Association's Dr. Ray McKenzie with a check for $3000 that will go directly to victims of the recent Lee County tornado.

The Tallassee High School Student Council presented Tallaweka Baptist Church pastor Isaac Kervin and the Elmore Baptist Association’s Dr. Ray McKenzie with a check for $3,000 that will go directly to victims of the recent Lee County tornado.

The EF4 tornado with estimated 170 mph winds devastated Beauregard and killed 23 people. Not long after the tornado struck, students and faculty at Tallassee High were moved to action and raised money for victims of the deadly storm.

“We have been to Lee County over in Beauregard four times and Smiths Station to help the folks there,” McKenzie said.

The Elmore County Baptist Association is working in collaboration with other area churches to distribute the funds to tornado victims.

“We have a relationship with Providence Baptist Church, Smiths Station Baptist Church and the Russell Baptist Association,” McKenzie said. “Those are the three entities that we are working with to get money to the victims.”

Students and faculty at THS raised the money in just over a week.

“The students raised most of the money on their own,” Tallassee High principal Matt Coker said. “They raised $2,000 and we matched that to make it $4,000.”

Coker said $1,000 has already been distributed to one family affected by the tornado and added the donation is another example of THS working to help fellow communities.

“It says a lot about our students and their concern for others,” Coker said. “These are really great students who care about others.”