August 29, 2005, is the day that I turned into a leader. After Hurricane Katrina flooded and killed the lives of thousands of American citizens, my heart sank. I knew that this was my chance to make a difference in the lives of my peers. So I took action. After contacting a school in Long Beach, Mississippi that was able to re-enter their school 3 months post Katrina, I knew that this was my shot at changing lives. I contacted the school’s guidance department and got the names of the 364 seniors that would be graduating that year. Then, with the help of my school’s student council, I chaired a committee that raised over $6000 for Katrina victims. With that money, our school designed, printed and delivered those 364 senior a t-shirt with everyone in their graduating classes name on it. Although it may seem miniscule, I received 364 thank you notes that year saying that my generosity to them in their time of need was so greatly appreciated and truly helped them take their minds off the tragedy and on to their future graduation. With the leftover money, we were also able to give all 150 teachers and staff members at Long Beach High School a $15 dinner and $5 movie gift certificate just to show them we cared. To the average person, this may no seem like much, but to someone that just lost everything, I know it was appreciated. This is the day I became a leader.