St. Michael-Albertville Students Adopt School in Florida Keys after Hurricane Irma

September 26, 2017 07:12 PM

Two weeks after Hurricane Irma hit Florida and devastated the Florida Keys, a Minnesota school is doing something unique to help out.

Maddie Egbert, a senior at St. Michael-Albertville High School, says she can't shake the images of destruction she's seen on the news.


As a result, she created "Change Over Knight," adopting a school and challenging her classmates to raise money for students in the Florida Keys. The name is a nod to the STMA mascot.

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In three days the students raised more than $3,000.

"When I was counting that last money I looked at the total and was like, 'oh my gosh, oh my gosh, we raised this much money in three days,'" she recalled. 

Monroe County Florida Superintendent Mark Porter said there have been a number of offers for help, but that Egbert was the only student to offer aid.

Porter is from Minnesota and was superintendent for South Washington County Schools before moving to Florida several years ago.

He said he was happy to accept Egberts's offer.

"It hit a little close to home, and I thought, 'lets see if we can make this work,'" Porter said via FaceTime Tuesday.

Egbert's school community is beyond proud, and knew that when she announced her mission, there was no stopping her.

"This was a very easy one to say yes to, and wonderful that it would involve all of our students and our student community also," said Assistant Principal Jolene Herfel.

STMA students say they now want to encourage other Minnesota high schools to adopt a school in a hurricane disaster zone.


Jessica Miles

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