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Cordova Elementary School's Helmet Collection Drive gains support

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One thing James Spann always stresses during severe weather season is the importance in keeping a helmet in your safe place.

It can save your life. That's why one teacher started collecting them.

The town of Cordova was hit hard by two tornadoes nearly 3 years ago. Several people died. The school buildings were untouched. But, a teacher wanted to do something to better protect students if they're ever again in harm's way.

Cordova Elementary has a tornado drill each month.

Sabra Brown says, "Normally, when we take our children out in the hall for a tornado drill, we open a book and put it over their heads."

These students understand why. They survived two deadly tornadoes in 2011. That day is etched in their minds forever.

Kaleb Howell "The sirens go off again, I said this is going to be a long day. Then we go downstairs to Zack's room and there are no windows. That's where we stayed."

Principal Dianne Williams says, after that tornado, it became very evident to us we needed to do more than what we've been doing."

Brown says, "I was at home thinking, both of my girls play softball, had lots of helmets around and I thought why don't we put helmets on the head rather than books."

Brown wanted a helmet for all 355 students. "We've had new ones sent to us, children will bring one from time to time."

Thursday morning, she received a welcomed surprise.

Ernie Cory with Cory Watson Crowder & DeGaris says, "If we help one child, the helmets are all worth while."

A law firm not only dropped off 50 more helmets, it gave the school a 1-thousand dollar check to buy the rest.

Cory says, "What this school has thought about is really sharp and it needs to not stop here, it's a great idea."

An idea children are smiling about.

Katelyn Williams says, "All I think about is for people's heads not to be hurt, especially Kindergartners because they are little."

Brown says "I know it makes us feel safer, I hope it makes them feel a little safer and that we're doing everything we know to do."

Mission accomplished.

Kaleb Howell says, "Feel pretty happy and a lot safer."

Unfortunately, tragedy has struck a school before. March First, will mark the 7th anniversary of a tornado in Enterprise, Alabama.

Eight students were killed that day when a tornado ripped apart Enterprise High School.

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