FCPS Students Support Hurricane Victims by Collecting Funds, Goods
Devastation in multiple states and U.S. territories caused by three recent hurricanes has resulted in a grassroots effort by FCPS students to collect goods and donations to help victims. Jane Gordon, a social studies teacher at Lake Braddock Secondary School, engaged her seventh graders in a conversation about helping those affected by Hurricane Harvey. Using the school’s Compassion in Action framework, the students launched a school-wide drive that resulted in 270 cartons of baby items, food, toiletries, and school supplies, and 56 cases of water. Interstate Van Lines provided transportation to Texas. See the YouTube video below.
Region 5 schools have joined together to adopt the Fort Bend Independent School District in Houston and have established a GoFundMe link to collect donations. Fort Bend ISD serves approximately 74,500 students from diverse backgrounds.
FCPS students were active participants in aid drives throughout September. Hayfield Secondary students donated personal items, food for people and pets, bedding, and cleaning items for those affected by Hurricane Irma and Hurricane Maria in Puerto Rico. Biology teacher Maria Cuevas-Mehra, a native of Puerto Rico, arranged to have the items shipped to those in need.
Stone Middle students launched Change Wars, challenging their classmates to collect the most spare change as part of an effort to make a positive difference in the lives of others. Currently ongoing, students were also asked to bring two personal hygiene items for hurricane victims.
At West Springfield Elementary, students sponsored a Hearts for Hurricanes fundraiser to support children who were affected by the recent hurricanes. Students sold paper hearts to show support and love for the hurricane victims, writing a positive message on each heart purchased. School administrators are working to identify a school in need to purchase school supplies from the collected funds.
South Lakes High students collected gift cards and cash to be donated to a high school in Mont Belvieu, Tex. During the school’s homecoming game, South Lakes collected personal and food items for hurricane victims. Student leaders have been in touch with the student council advisor at the school who plans to distribute the donations to families most affected by the hurricane.
Staff members at Montrose Alternative Learning Center promoted a fundraiser, and students stepped up to donate their Success Bucks (earned as part of the school’s Positive Behavior Interventions and Supports program). Rather than redeem Success Bucks for treats and privileges, the students chose to turn them into real dollars, and in one week raised more than $500. The Fort Bend Education Foundation was the recipient of the donation that will be used to provide relief to schools that were seriously damaged by flood waters.
Spring Hill Elementary families are collecting food, batteries, and baby items to fill a small plane with supplies for Puerto Ricans. Goods will be collected and loaded onto a private plane this Friday, October 6.
Individual students have held lemonade sales and collected donations at local farmers markets to support hurricane victims.