NHCS Cares: Showing Support for Victims of Hurricane Harvey

by Tufanna Thomas and Valita Quattlebaum

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Eaton Elementary students displaying money raised from their Coin War.

Most of us have never seen anything like Hurricane Harvey. After the monster hurricane’s devastation, thousands of people across Texas and along the Gulf coast have been displaced and many have lost everything. Now, there is another massive storm, Hurricane Irma, that has ravaged several Caribbean islands and parts of Florida. New Hanover County Schools is doing its part to demonstrate the compassion we feel for the people, especially the students, staff and faculty of the Houston area schools.   Schools and departments in NHCS have answered the call for help and have been actively coordinating charitable efforts. Here are some examples from across the district:

  • Anderson and Bradley Creek elementary schools are partnering to adopt Monahan Elementary School in Houston. Anderson recently held a Hats for Houston day, to raise funds for the school, with plans to have a loose change drive in the coming weeks. Central Office staff contributed to the Hats for Houston drive as well. Bradley Creek is sponsoring a school-wide spirit week to raise funds. All monies raised will be sent to support Monahan. Students can participate by giving $1 a day or $5 for the week.

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Anderson Elementary School students and staff participating in Hats for Houston Day.
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Central Office staff participating in Hats for Houston Day.
  • Rachel’s Challenge has helped Noble Middle School connect with Arnold Middle School in Cypress, Texas. As a school community, Noble will collect items and send them to Arnold Middle School immediately and throughout the year to show compassion and support.

  • SEA-Tech High School is working with Gallena Park CTE Early College High School and their principal, Dr. Jeff Hutchinson, to provide for individual student needs after final assessments. Initial estimates include 1/3 of the student body has been displaced to shelters and neighboring cities. Four staff members have suffered total losses.

  • Williston Middle School is holding a homeroom donation challenge to raise funds for Hurricane Victims.

  • Ogden Elementary School has school spirit week, the week of September 11th and students, who participate donate $1.00.  All proceeds go to the American Red Cross for victims of Hurricane Harvey.

  • College Park Elementary School is supporting the families in Texas through their Outstanding Wise Leadership Clubs. The Leadership Club is called “Paint Business!” It was started with a mission heart to support those that are suffering as a result of Hurricane Harvey. The goal is to empower the students in the club to be giving, mindful of others, and also create a spirit of entrepreneurship in students. Also, participation in the club allows students to feel the joy that stems from serving others. It is College Park’s hope that their beautiful paintings will produce income to give to Hurricane Harvey victims. The first product is hand-made signs!  The club is working with its partners from Samaritan’s Purse to sell their paintings. All proceeds will go to the families affected by Hurricane Harvey.

  • Myrtle Grove Middle School’s FCA held a donation drive for victims of Hurricane Harvey September 5-8.  All money will be donated to the American Red Cross and Houston Food Banks.

  • Carolina Beach Elementary students in Mrs. Abel’s class, along with CBES staff, donated supplies for Hurricane Harvey relief. Parents sent in items as well.

  • Wrightsboro Elementary School has multiple charitable projects occurring: second grade students in Mrs. Valle-Greene’s classroom listened to a news article about Hurricane Harvey, then brainstormed ideas as to how people like them could help those affected. They came up with ideas such as sending firefighters and Coast Guard members from our area to help with the rescues and having yard sales to raise money to donate to victims of the hurricane. In class, they wrote cards to the children of Houston. The cards will be sent to Lemm Elementary, where students are being relocated to a nearby high school while the school is repaired.  Third grade students in Ms. April Lee’s classroom have adopted a third grade classroom from a school in Houston. Ms. Lee’s classroom is collecting supplies and by the teacher’s request from Houston, sending many encouraging notes to her students.

  • Eaton Elementary School, for the week of September 5th-11th, had a COIN WAR to raise money for Hurricane Harvey relief efforts. All money raised will be donated directly to the Houston Independent School District, to help the schools and students start the year off in a positive way! Each grade level at Eaton competed against the other grade levels to raise the most money! Grade levels also made curriculum connections in lower and upper grades by having the students practice sorting, grouping, and counting coins/money!! In just the first two days, close to $1,000 was raised! It’s the perfect way for Eaton Elementary  to continue their #BeKind school mission!

  • Lake Forest Academy is partnering with Ashford Elementary School in Houston, Texas.  They have collected donations of school supplies and will be creating a “Helping Hands” banner to welcome the students at Ashford Elementary when they return to school.

  • Murrayville Elementary School students are picking up the call for help. After the recent devastation from Hurricane Harvey, the students in 5th Grade wanted to help others. Teacher Elizabeth Budd heard of the ‘Adopt a Classroom’ initiative put on an educational blogger ‘Sun, Sand and Second Grade’ and thought it would be the perfect fit. The initiative matches teachers around the country with teachers in Texas, who lost their classrooms in the recent destruction from Hurricane Harvey. Teachers then work with students to collect materials and supplies needed to get that classroom back up and running. Supplies will be shipped out as soon as the schools are assessed and are ready to begin classes again. The students are looking forward to connecting with their peers in Texas and writing them letters of encouragement to show their support.

  • Ashley High School Athletic Department saw Coach Sampson’s (Men’s Basketball Coach at University of Houston) tweet, reaching out to universities, colleges, and high school athletic teams to donate clothing. All teams participated and supported Houston by collecting clothes, and Ashley staff delivered boxes of clothes to the post office to be shipped to Texas.

  • Isaac Bear Early College High School students and staff will donate contents to “Flood Buckets” until Thursday, October 5, 2017.  This school wide effort is under the leadership of the Interact Club to help the hurricane victims who were affected adversely by Hurricane Harvey.  Isaac Bear will come together and join in the efforts with other people across the nation to help those in need.  Each homeroom will collect, organize, and pack items in a 5-gallon bucket with resealable lids, and whichever homeroom has packed the most buckets will receive a reward of their choice. The School hopes that addressing this crisis where people were affected adversely will bring everyone closer together and make a stronger community.

  • Trask Middle School is having a “Coin War” to raise funds for victims of Harvey.  Funds for Harvey will be donated to the Texas Diaper Bank.

Red Cross Donation Information:

http://www.redcross.org/index.jsp

To donate by phone or to get assistance with your donation, please contact 1-800-HELP NOW (1-800-435-7669).

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