Two local schools have something in common they never wished to share..
The tragic loss of classmates.
People who are just literally giving us their trash are going to help these kids families and friends students at north central high school are helping students at terre haute south vigo high school honor jenna perrelle.
Perrelle died in a car crash less than one week ago.
News 10's richard solomon joins us now live out front of terre haute south with the latest.
Terre haute south high school and north central high school are seperated by a county line.
But when an all too familiar tragedy happened, they knew that imaginary line didn't matter.
<"i just wish i could have gotten to know her better as a person" *morgan manning is a senior at north central.* but she knew jenna perrelle from outside of the classroom.
"i grew up playing softball with jenna so i knew how good of a kid she was, she was so sweet" when she heard about jenna's death she says it was like deja vu.
*only a few months ago, three of mannings north central classmates died in a car crash* "everyone forgot that it happened for a little bit and then it just made it real again" *since then, the community has helped north central collect nearlly 7,000 lbs of bottle caps.
They'll make benches to honor the boys who were killed* the action inspired north central principal monty kirk to help terre haute south in "its" time of need.
The high school plans on donating a bench to terre haute south in memory of jenna perrelle.
"what better way then to repay what the wabash valley has done for us.
We've got the means to do it so lets reach out and help them the same way they helped us" manning says they've recived a trememdous amount of help from the community, so it it feels right giving back "i think it helps us a lot to know that we're helping other people through our greiving process> principal kirk says he expects this bench to be done by next week.
It will be painted red.
Reporting live in vigo im news