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Austin College Science Class Does More Than Learn About Storms, They Help Others


SHERMAN -- A science class at Austin College was studying extreme weather when Typhoon Haiyan hit the Philippines.  The students saw the destruction left behind from the monster storm and wanted to help.

Dr. David Baker is a faculty member at Austin College. He teaches the extreme weather and climate class.

"A few weeks ago we studied tropical storms. Its been a relatively slow Atlantic hurricane season. But then super Typhoon Haiyan hit and it was devastating and the students wanted to do something for the people of the Philippines."

"We saw the immense devastation that this intense typhoon brought and we thought what can we do to help," says Jackson Ross, an Austin College Senior.

So the students discussed what they could do to raise money.

"We came up with the idea of offering baked goods. We set up tables at sport events over the weekend and at lunch we have tables everyday. There's no minimum, no donation too small. We just kind of say whatever you can give would be wonderful," says Lauren Bolinger, another Austin College Senior.

"We are just asking the students, faculty and staff to just donate whatever they can because every little bit helps," says Jackson.

The students chose to send all the money to Presbyterian Disaster Assistance.  

"They are an organization that we chose because 100% of what we raise they send to the Philippines, to the people that don't have food, don't have water, electricity," says Bolinger.

Dr. Baker is proud the students took on the project to help others.

"The students here at Austin College really care about the community, the local community and the global community. Service learning is an important part of the Austin College experience. So I'm not surprised that the Austin College students or the students in our class stepped up to do this."

"In terms of looking at Haiyan we just kind of had a grasp of the gravity of the situation and how truly devastating it is. I think that made everyone really inclined to help cause its not just numbers you know you're not just thinking oh ok another bad thing that's happened. We understand ok … they need help," says Bolinger.

If you would like the help with students in their fundraiser, please e-mail Dr. David Baker at