Rockford Lutheran School students fill sandbags to help flooding victims

ROCKFORD, Ill. (WIFR) -- Seeing the growing devastation all over the region, Rockford Lutheran School teacher Jamie Fausett knew he had to do something.

"You don't know what you can do if you don't try," said Fausett.

Reaching out to parents for help, one family got in touch with a local construction company who donated sand, making for the perfect student activity.

"Once the kids understood that we were... one of our pillars is making sure we're doing work in the community, and once they understood that, I think that they understand that it's having a much more global effect," said Fausett.

Off they went, spending their morning filling bags for those in need, which students say is just part of who they are.

"I think we have a duty to serve people who are in trouble and i think that we take pride in doing that," said sophomore Ethan Watts.

Freshman Demonte Washington lives just blocks from the river's edge and while his family hasn't been affected, he says he feels proud to give back to his community.

"I just feel good about it. Like, it just puts a smile on my face because the state does a lot for its schools, and I love Rockford, so I'll give back," said Washington.

Looking forward, Fausett says he hopes the work ahead will make a lasting impression on his students.

"Once we can get out there and get our hands dirty again, which is the most valuable part, I'll think they'll care it with them for a long time," said Fausett.

The Winnebago County Sheriff's Office released a list of places where sand and sandbags will be available for residents. They are:

• Roscoe Public Works, 5402 Swanson Road, Roscoe, IL
• Former Machesney Park Mall southwest lot—8702 N. 2nd St., Machesney Park, IL
• New Milford Fire Station—2177 Will James Rd., New Milford, IL