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Students campaign for African orphanage affected by Ebola

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THOMPSON'S STATION, TN (WSMV) -

A group of Williamson County students are taking on the Ebola outbreak in West Africa.

"Our goal was to help Sierra Leone in Africa, the orphanage there, protect the people in it from Ebola," said Amani Taylor, a student at Heritage Middle School.

Taylor is among a group of students who plan to raise $35,000 in a week to put the Running Season Orphanage on lockdown for at least six months.

"The call out was to help do a complete shutdown so no one is going in and out of the orphanage," said Jody Jordan, a teacher and organizer of the student group.

About 100 orphans and 20 staff members are at risk of the highly contagious virus, and there is no vaccine.

"That is where I am from too, so I am really concerned about that because all of my friends are there," said Selena Barnett, a student at Independence High School.

Barnett and two of her siblings were adopted there.

"The Raining Season is like a ministry," she said. "It's really been blessed with all of the kids coming in, being saved from the street and all of that stuff."

The students have already addressed the Spring Hill Board of Mayor and Aldermen. The next step is to meet with PTO members for approval to raise the money by asking each Williamson County student to bring $1 to school.

"You can watch, we have videos where you can see money is sent directly to the orphanage there in Sierra Leone," parent Sheri Barnett said. "That goes straight to the center."

Time is of the essence with a long list to keep the orphanage self-sufficient.

"It's food, it's water, it's diapers," Sheri Barnett said. "It's the tank for the gasoline to run the electricity, you name it."

Click to learn more about the Raining Season Orphanage and the Help Stop Ebola campaign.

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