As wind and rain worsened and students were out of class in Hall County Monday, the school district's top official announced a plan to help student victims of Hurricane Harvey in Texas.
According to a news release from Superintendent Will Schofield, the system will help students from the Goose Creek Consolidated Independent School District east of Houston.
When reaching out to offer help, Schofield said Goose Creek officials told him shoes for students were a big need.
"They explained that people have sent school supplies and backpacks, but that their students had lost all their shoes in the flooding," Schofield said.
Schofield and the district are asking the community and local students to get involved in the effort.
"Members of the community who wish to make a one-time donation may register with a guest account on My Payments Plus," Schofield said. "Donations may also be made in person in the front office at any of our local schools."
The money is expected to go into a central account, with some of it going to send Payless and other gift cards for shoes to the district in Texas. Schofield said officials also plan to help students impacted by Irma.
"In the days to come, we intend to find a school district to help in Georgia or Florida, and we may find that we need some of these funds to help those in our own community who may be impacted by Hurricane Irma," Schofield said.