Glen Rose High School is stepping up to help with disaster relief after tornadoes Tuesday devastated Kennedale, whose high school is in Glen Rose's UIL district.
"Please bring water and non-perishable foods to help the victims of the tornadoes," a statement put out by the high school read. "Kennedale, a school in our district, had many homes and businesses damaged.
"Imagine if you lost your entire closet of clothes, you'd only have what you were wearing," the statement continued. "Think about the K-12 students who are going to live in shelters over Easter weekend. Wouldn't you want someone to help if it happened to us?"
Items may be dropped off at the high school office today or Monday during school hours. The school will be closed on Friday for the Easter holiday.
The National Weather Service said Wednesday that a single tornado about a quarter-mile wide cut a 4.6-mile-long path through Kennedale and Arlington. Wind speeds were estimated at 135 miles per hour.
About 500 homes and other buildings were damaged or destroyed. Kennedale Mayor Bryan Lankhorst declared the city a disaster area.
The weather service rated the tornado an EF-2 in strength.
GRHS Principal Tommy Corcoran said he and Andres Betancur, the tennis team's assistant coach, were talking about how 50 kids lost their homes in the tornadoes. Players on Kennedale's tennis team managed to show up for a district tournament in Glen Rose, but life there is far from normal.
They wondered what Glen Rose could do to help.
Corcoran got on the loudspeaker Wednesday and met with Coach Tommy Dunn and Coach Linda Waggoner and the disaster relief project got rolling.
Corcoran already has received calls from people wanting to donate items. He plans to deliver the items to Kennedale late Monday afternoon.
"Word has spread, so we're taking anything we can get," Corcoran said.
The items needed most, besides food and water, are toiletries and clothing.
"I told the kids, 'Go raid the dollar store and buy the dollar razors,'" Corcoran said. "The little things are probably more valuable right now."
See the National Weather Service report on the tornado and more photos at http://www.srh.noaa.gov/fwd/?n=april32012KennedaleArlington