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Franklin HS students help community move forward one shirt at a time

A T-shirt fundraiser was started Tuesday to raise money for families recovering from Saturday's EF-3 tornado.

FRANKLIN, Texas — Three days after an EF-3 tornado tore through the south side of Franklin in eastern Robertson County, generations worth of memories, homes and cars can still be seen scattered on the ground.

"The tornado hit about 10 a.m. Saturday," Franklin High School student council adviser Shannon Groves said. "And by noon on Sunday, we knew we were doing the T-shirt."

The T-shirts have one goal: Unite a community still picking up its pieces. At $10 a shirt, the proceeds are all going to the 55 families in need.

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The student council isn't alone in its efforts. Groves said the group is working with several groups across town.

"We want it all to stay local," Groves said. "We don't want to give it to an outside agency. We want it to go from Franklin hands to Franklin hands."

Cars lined up Tuesday, forcing the school to hand out shirts early because they were blocking traffic through the town.

The line formed thanks to the idea of a student, who called Groves on Saturday with the idea.

"How can I use my creative skills, my leadership position in student council to really reach out and affect the most people," student council president Zoe Barnes said.

These students want to make sure no family is over-looked.

The shirts are available online for $15. 

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