Washington Elementary students hosted the schools' superintendent as he announced the total amount raised by students in the past two weeks. The Pennies for Patriotism and Pride campaign took in more than $85,000.
"It just makes me feel like I have got to help somebody. It kind of feels like they're my family too," said student Radhika Patel.
"I want it to help the people who can't get back into their homes because the buildings didn't fall down, except the inside [of them] are destroyed," said student Brandon Jones.
Students have collected $88,000 for relief efforts in addition to the week-long pennies campaign.