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Local Elementary School Student Launches Fundraising Campaign In Support Of J.J. Watt’s Houston Flood Relief Fund

Nicole Barylski

Westhampton Beach Elementary School fourth-grader Max Atkinson is raising money for the victims of Hurricane Harvey. (Photo: Courtesy of the Westhampton Beach School District)

After witnessing the catastrophic devastation Hurricane Harvey caused in Texas, a local elementary school student started brainstorming ideas on how he could help those impacted by the natural disaster.

Max Atkinson, a Westhampton Beach Elementary School student, decided to launch a lemonade stand that would support hurricane victims. He also established a fundraising campaign within his school. So far, he's raised $200 and although that's already an impressive feat for someone so young, Atkinson has no plans on stopping there.

The fourth-grader took notice of the incredible reaction to NFL star J.J. Watt's call to action and Atkinson ambitiously hopes to garner an even bigger response than the Houston Texans defensive end. Watt's Houston Flood Relief Campaign on Youcaring.com has raised millions, yet the kindhearted, philanthropic elementary schooler doesn't find that astounding goal daunting.

"The fund has raised over $30 million," Atkinson noted. "Let's see if Westhampton Beach can do better than that."

Atkinson has hit the ground running, handing out flyers to his peers and even addressing fellow students over his school's public address system.

To support Atkinson's Hurricane Harvey fundraising campaign, you can drop off a donation at the Westhampton Beach Elementary School. Proceeds will support J.J. Watt's Houston Flood Relief Campaign.

Westhampton Beach Elementary School is located at 379 Mill Road in Westhampton Beach. For more information, call 631-288-3800.

Nicole is the Editor-in-Chief of Hamptons.com where she focuses on lifestyle, nightlife, and mixology. She grew up in the Hamptons and currently resides in Water Mill. www.hamptons.com NicoleBarylski NicoleBarylski

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