Bright Side: Washington students pay it forward for tornado victims

By WEEK Producer

May 8, 2014 Updated May 8, 2014 at 6:56 PM CDT

WASHINGTON, Ill. -- Hundreds of Washington High School students got out of the classroom on Thursday to pay it forward.

The students helped clean-up farm fields near Washington that are still littered with debris from the November tornado.

"There's a lot of stuff out there and this guy wants to get farming again, so we're going to help him out as much as we can,” said Junior Jordan Guedet. “It's hard to see the reality of it all and how much devastation it's done to our town, but the good thing is we still have the people that we love. We can rebuild our town. It's just a matter of time for it to be back to normal.”

The students also went to new construction sites around town and handed out cookies and Gatorade to construction workers.