School groups rally to muster hur­ri­cane re­lief

The Sentinel-Record - - FRONT PAGE - JAY BELL

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://­ 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.

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