Many schools in the Houston area are still cleaning up from Hurricane Harvey’s destruction and Lincoln Elementary students want to help.
They have adopted a 5th grade classroom at Bear Creek Elementary School in Katy, Texas to help replace their lost or damaged items due to the floods. Lincoln’s Principal, Beth Marchini, has reached out to the Texas teacher, Mrs. Pallavicini, to find out what her classroom needs most. The class needs books and headphones/earbuds.
The LES school fundraiser will be held from October 2-October 13. Lincoln families are asked to help by donating any amount of money. As an incentive for our students, PE, Art and Music, and the Principal and Assistant Principal will compete to raise the most funds. The pair who raises the most money will show students how much they appreciate their donations by doing one of the following on October 27th:
- If Mr. McLarty and Ms. Turner raise the most money, they will dress as our school mascot, Leo the Leopard and as the Belvidere North mascot, Blue Thunder, for the day.
- If Mrs. Urban and Mrs. McClelland raise the most money, they will dress in Sumo Costumes for the day.
- If Mrs. Marchini and Ms. Zanocco raise the most money, they will ride around the school on tricycles/bicycles for the day.
Please help show this 5th grade class in Texas what a generous and caring family there is at Lincoln Elementary!
Here is an article about the damage the Texas school district is dealing with. The story comes from 13 Eyewitness News in Houston, Texas:
Thursday, September 14, 2017, KATY, Texas -- By the time Katy Independent School District (ISD) reopened Sept. 11, after Tropical Storm Harvey paralyzed the district for six days, thousands of students and staff had been personally affected.
As of Sept. 11, an estimated 15,007 of the 77,835 enrolled KISD students were directly affected, many of whose families will have to start over, district spokesperson Maria DiPetta said. In addition, about 2,600 KISD employees experienced water damage to their homes or vehicles.
"Katy ISD bus drivers got on buses and rescued over 450 people who were forced to evacuate their homes," KISD Superintendent Lance Hindt said in a video message Sept. 6. "When we opened three shelters in the district, board members and hundreds of volunteers came forward to offer their help and service to over 4,000 evacuees."
The district used Cinco Ranch and Morton Ranch High Schools as public shelters the week after Harvey's landfall, and Katy High School was used as a staging and rest area for the National Guard.
Sixteen schools were in some way affected, two of which-Creech Elementary School and Beck Junior High School-incurred water damage. KISD's administration building also took on water and temporarily lost data capabilities.
DiPetta said damage estimates were unavailable as of Sept. 12, but the cost was expected to reach the millions.
Students at Creech and Bear Creek elementaries were relocated for classes starting Sept. 11.
Creech Elementary School students resumed classes the University of Houston's Cinco Ranch campus as the school and its surrounding neighborhood were flooded. It was unknown when students could return to the school.
"With the campus having taken on several feet of flood water, the conditions near and around the school have prevented Katy ISD operations crews from conducting a full assessment of the building," a KISD announcement said Sept. 6. "Katy ISD anticipates that an extended amount of time will be required to fully evaluate campus building structures, conduct air and mold tests, and make restoration repairs."
Creech Elementary had 886 students enrolled in the 2016-17 school year, according to the TEA. Bear Creek Elementary School, which had 712 students enrolled in the 2016-17 school year, also relocated to Paetow High School. The high school opened this year with only ninth and tenth grades.
Bear Creek Elementary did not have water damage but the Jackrabbit Regional Wastewater Treatment Plant and lift pumps, which serve Harris County Utility District No. 6, were out of service due to flooding. Thus the utility district implemented a boil water notice Sept. 1 as a result.