High school students rallying to support Hurricane Harvey victims

Published 8:00 pm Thursday, August 31, 2017

From XQ Super Schools to the population of Warrior Hill, the community is looking to do their part in those affected by one of the most devastating natural disasters to take place in the United States.
Students from Elizabethton High School and Happy Valley High School are taking to social media and encouraging the community to support residents in Texas by donating necessities to assist with recovery efforts.
Reaching out into the community is an effort stressed by EHS students taking part in the Community Improvement class — one of the new additions in the district following up national notoriety with the XQ Super School Project.
Elizabethton is designated as an award-winning school in the program thanks to the “Bartleby School” Project, but the destruction left in the wake of Hurricane Harvey led to an idea by students, according to EHS teacher Dustin Hensley. EHS announced the donation drive Thursday.
“The idea was pitched by our Community Improvement students,” Hensley told the Elizabethton Star. “They were very excited about doing their part to help.”
Members of the class are accepting new and unused clothing, shoes, underwear, socks, uniforms, canned food, water and school supplies until Friday, Sept. 8.
All items will be donated to families in the Houston Independent School District. The district houses Furr Institute for Innovative Thinking, who joins the EHS Bartleby Program as schools involved with the XQ Super School Project.
Residents can donate items by visiting the EHS front office. Donations can also be shipped to: HISD Harvey Donations, Delmar Fieldhouse, 2020 Mangum Road, Houston, TX 77092.
According to information received from Elizabethton City Schools, the HISD is accepting donations to help families recover and 100 percent of proceeds raised will go directly to HISD students and families. Individuals can visit http://www.houstonisd.org/Page/164281 to make a monetary donation.
Much like their city counterparts, Warrior students are accepting donations to benefit families in Texas.
Attendees of the Happy Valley vs. Hampton High School football game Friday night will have an opportunity to donate items, which will be delivered to families affected by Hurricane Harvey.
Items being accepted include toiletries, bottled water, blankets/towels, first aid products, diapers/baby wipes and dog/cat food.
HVHS student Charity Greene indicated that a donation box will also be on site during the game. Items will also be accepted next week at HVHS.
Greene is spearheading the project with fellow students Haley Smith, Kylea Hughes, Ashlee Orloff, Katlyn Sehrer and Macy Puckett.
“We’re very excited to do this for the victims and their families,” Greene said Thursday.

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