School groups rally to muster hurricane relief
Local school representatives and organizations are working this week to offer relief to people in the Houston area in the aftermath of Hurricane Harvey.
The hurricane became a tropical storm and produced a continental United States record of 52 inches of rain in three days. Seattle recently experienced its most rainfall since its records began in 1895 with almost 45 inches of rain from Oct. 1, 2016, through April.
Harris County Judge Ed Emmett said an estimated 30,000 to 40,000 homes were destroyed in the Houston area as a result of the storm. Houston is the fourth-most populous city in the country with about 2.3 million people and the country’s fifth-most populous metropolitan area with more than 6.6 million residents.
Hot Springs World Class High School and Lake Hamilton High School have partnered for a joint fundraiser on Friday when both teams open their football seasons. The Trojans and the Wolves are
scheduled to kick off at 7 p.m.
Spirit groups from each school will be located outside of each gate to collect donations. All donations will be combined and presented to the American Red Cross on behalf of the two schools.
“The Garland County schools are like a family,” said Brian Bridges, Lake Hamilton School District communications coordinator. “We work together on numerous professional development projects and collaborations throughout the school year. This is just another example of how great it is to have strong relationships with neighboring school districts.”
Students in the Environmental and Spatial Technology program at Hot Springs High are working with local volunteers to coordinate a donation effort. Students are creating a digital flyer and videos to advertise donation boxes in the school lobby and items will be collected during the Trojans’ first home game against Mena on Sept. 8.
Hot Springs School District reached out to J. Frank Dobie High School in Houston to coordinate the delivery and distribution of donated items. Frances Iverson, wife of Assistant Principal Ben Iverson, and Amos Gray, pastor of First Lutheran Church, are organizing a group of volunteers to deliver the donations.
The school’s Freshman Academy was able to take the lead on donations because of their relationships with other Summit Learning program schools in Houston. Students are collecting clothing and hygiene items, as well as notes of encouragement for students in Texas.
The entire student body is included in the drive. All students will be encouraged to bring items to donate during the school’s pep rally on Friday for the first football game of the season at Lake Hamilton.
Mallory Dingler’s second-grade class at Lakeside Intermediate School adopted a second-grade class at Shadydale Elementary School in the Houston Independent School District. The students are collecting supplies for Marissa Ford’s students at Shadydale.
Students in the Rotary Interact Club at the Arkansas School for Mathematics, Sciences, and the Arts announced plans to meet today to coordinate a donation of at least $100 to relief efforts. The club is associated with Hot Springs National Park Rotary Club.
The Future Business Leaders of America and Family, Career and Community Leaders of America clubs at Cutter Morning Star High School are sponsoring a bottled water drive. The student council at Bismarck High School is sponsoring a penny drive with a goal of raising $1,000 to donate to the American Red
The Baptist Collegiate Ministry at National Park College plans to host a prayer tomorrow at 12:30 p.m. in the Gerald Fisher Campus Center. The president’s office and the Office of Student Services are coordinating a campuswide relief effort.
The college encouraged students and staff to make financial donations to the Red Cross until the relief effort is finalized. Donations can be made by calling 800-733-2767, visiting http:// www.redcross.org/ online or texting HARVEY to 90999 to make a $10 donation.
The NPC Foundation announced plans to accept donations during the college’s free community concert on Sept. 16. Seating will begin at 3 p.m. in the parking lot across Mid-America Boulevard from the Fisher building and the concert is scheduled to begin at 5 p.m.