Third Grade Students Share Personal Stories of Surviving Hurricane Michael


As our area recovers physically, mentally, we have a long ways to go. Many children still suffer mental impacts from Hurricane Michael.

Callaway Elementary School found a creative way to help their students cope with their trauma. After seeing her third-grade class struggle to focus after returning to school Danielle Sims decided her class would share their hurricane experiences in a book.

“I didn’t want to focus on grammar, punctuation, spelling, I wanted them to be able to say it exactly how they wanted to and know that it was okay for them to express themselves that way,” said Sims.

Each student wrote their own hurricane survival story, some including drawings to better explain the experience they went through.

“I thought I was going to drown or get blown away from my family,” said third-grader Jamar Baker.

Many students found they had a lot more in common with heir classmates than they thought. 

“They kept me coming to school and wanting to work and wanting to teach because they were so positive and even though everything I was going through I wanted to be here for them,” said Sims.

You can purchase your own copy from and use the pin number 7289116. Books range in price from $19.99-$27.95 depending upon the binding you choose.

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