Dollarway schools do their part for tornado victims

Dollarway School District students, staff, faculty and administrators are putting into practice the familiar wisdom of “Every penny helps.”

The district on Monday will initiate a penny drive aimed at helping in the relief effort for Arkansans whose lives were disrupted by tornadoes on Sunday, April 27. Fifteen people were killed by twisters that struck in Faulkner, Pulaski and White counties. Property damages haven’t been figured yet, but hundreds of homes, businesses and automobiles were destroyed.

“I knew everyone here was affected by the tornadoes even though they hit elsewhere,” said Cicely Trice, a Dollarway High School and Robert Morehead Middle School art teacher who is directing DSD’s assistance campaign. “Everyone wants to do something to help. Everyone feels like they need to help. The tornadoes weren’t too far away, and we need to be good friends and neighbors.”

Trice said that through May 30, Dollarway schools will be collecting funds by filling water bottles with pennies. The bottles will be labeled with the name of the school at which they’re filled. Trice will then pick up filled bottles each Friday, and they’ll be delivered to storm victims soon after May 30.

“We are asking that each staff member and student, from pre-kindergarten to seniors, get involved in our worthy cause, and ask that families and communities do the same,” said Tameka White of Superintendent Bobby Acklin’s staff. “Mrs. Trice is also seeking donors to match our district’s efforts for funds collected.”

Trice said she hopes to obtain new sponsorships each week.

Trice said donations of non-perishable food items, clothing, blankets and other gently-used household items are being received.

For more information or to become a donor, email Trice at or telephone her at 870-534-5243.