CEDARVILLE — Students in Andrew Statt’s English class at Cedarville Middle School heard about the incredible impact of Hurricane Harvey in the Houston area and knew that they could help.
“My hope was to engage our new middle school students with the world around them and to write a journal entry about using personal talents to help others. Rather than just writing about it, our amazing students took action and these kids made us all so proud.” Statt said.
They set up a collection at lunch, made posters, and encouraged classmates and Cedarville staff to donate loose change and money to the cause. They took on the motto that “Every Penny Helps.” Students even made a competition of it. The middle or high school class that donated the most money won a donut party catered by the sixth grade.
Cedarville, with around 330 students in grades 6-12, was able to collect a $1230.55 in just a week’s time.
“It feels great to actually do something for people that need help. We did not just want to sit around,” said sixth grader Josh Flora.
All donations will be offered to the Hurricane Harvey Relief Fund which was set up by the City of Houston and the Greater Houston Community Foundation. The money will be sent along with letters and cards of support from Statt’s classes. The Hurricane Harvey Relief Fund has pledged that 100 percent of the money it collects will go directly toward the care, housing, and needs of those most affected by Hurricane Harvey and the massive flooding that followed.
“We are just proud to be in charge of the something that can make a difference,” said sixth grader Molly Mossing discussed.
Those wanting to make their own donations to the Hurricane Harvey Relief Fund can do so through the Greater Houston Community Foundation website at www.ghcf.org.