So the students and staff in Claude ISD came up with an
idea to make T-shirts for Port Aransas students on their first
day back to school. The shirts proclaim “Hey, Harvey, Marlin
Strong, Mustang Proud, Texas Tough.” Port Aransas High’s mascot is the marlin; the Claude High mascot is the mustang.
“I think that getting these shirts when they get back is just
knowing that somebody on the other side of Texas cares about
them and knows what their struggle is and wants their school
year to be better,” Thornton said.
Local shop owner Todd Peden opened up his facilities to
help the Claude students produce approximately 800 T-shirts.
“It’s really easy for kids or people to just throw in 10 dollars to
try to help, but to put some skin in the game and have the kids
who are behind us doing the work, maybe it will leave a little
more of a lasting impression,” Peden said.
Claude High School Athletic Director Jarrett Vickers said
the students’ eagerness to help didn’t surprise him. “We embrace the opportunity to do stuff for other people because it’s
something we talk about all the time and something the community of Claude is all about,” said Vickers.
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More from Mesquite, Malakoff ISDs
In Mesquite ISD, students, teachers, and staff created the
“Make a Difference in Dickinson” campaign to collect funds
for coastal Dickinson ISD. By mid-September, the initiative
brought in more than $54,000. Students and staff filmed a
supportive video at Mesquite’s Shands Elementary School, and
the video and check were presented by Mesquite ISD Deputy
Superintendent Laura Jobe to Dickinson ISD.
“I’m overjoyed that our Mesquite ISD family rallied in
a deliverance of love for Dickinson ISD,” said Mesquite ISD
Superintendent David Vroonland. “It’s heartbreaking they had
to throw out anything touched by the heavily polluted water,
causing some students to come to school barefoot, and I’m
Dickinson ISD was chosen because it is a small community
located between the cities of Houston and Galveston and closely
mirrors Mesquite ISD. The Dickinson district serves about 11,000
students, 62 percent of which are economically disadvantaged.
“I am beyond proud of our fundraising efforts. Knowing
that some of our families struggle financially but still found a
way to help others shows their level of compassion and empa-
thy for others,” said Shands Elementary Principal Brandi Lewis.
“Our Shands families and staff are unbelievably generous.”
In Malakoff ISD, a North Texas district east of Corsicana,
district leaders also chose to send aid to Dickinson ISD. Spare-
change donation drives at Malakoff Elementary and Tool El-
ementary, a fundraising dance at Malakoff Middle School, and
a pie-in-the-face competition at Malakoff High School all raised
more than $2,700 for fellow students at Dickinson ISD. The
money was sent to the Dickinson ISD Education Foundation’s
Hurricane Harvey Relief Fund.
‘Packed’ Buses from Marble Falls ISD
In Marble Falls ISD, district leaders took two school buses
originally slated for auction, packed the buses with books, supplies, and gym equipment, and drove them to Woodsboro ISD
north of Corpus Christi.
The Marble Falls ISD Board issued a resolution October 5
to donate the two used school buses to the Woodsboro district.
Marble Falls had scheduled the buses for a surplus auction
before deciding to donate them.
Woodsboro ISD, located between Corpus Christi and
Victoria, lost its elementary school gym, auditorium, and other
facilities to Harvey. Marble Falls ISD spokesman Bruce Peck-over said the district wanted to help Woodsboro ISD recover
from the hurricane, and the buses, gym equipment, and books
would provide a good start.
“We had drop boxes placed at the front of all our schools
so people could just drop donations off there,” he said.
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