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Students Send Supplies To Peers Affected By Hurricane

Posted 9/21/2017

SIXTH-grade math teacher Devin Maxwell helps load up donations collected by Halstead-Bentley students that are being taken to a school in Pasadena, Texas affected by Hurricane Harvey several weeks ago.SIXTH-grade math teacher Devin Maxwell helps load up donations collected by Halstead-Bentley students that are being taken to a school in Pasadena, Texas affected by Hurricane Harvey several weeks ago.By Jared Janzen

HALSTEAD—Students trooped out of Halstead Middle School on Tuesday morning, arms laden with box after box, bag after bag. They deposited their burdens on the sidewalk in front of the school, and then went back for more.

By the time they were done, they had brought out enough boxes and sacks to fill a trailer nearly to capacity. The trailer, now packed full of school supplies, clothing, bottled water and other items, departed Halstead an hour later en route to Pasadena, Texas. Its contents were distributed to students at V.W. Miller Intermediate School affected by Hurricane Harvey at the end of August.

All the supplies in the trailer were collected by students in the Halstead-Bentley School District in just over a week’s time. Middle school principal Ron Barry and primary school principal Adam Conard drove the truck and trailer to Pasadena Tuesday afternoon and gave the supplies to the school Wednesday morning.

Halstead-Bentley schools got connected to V.W. Miller Intermediate online through a Principals Helping Principals website set up following the hurricane, which partnered schools in Texas with schools across the country to donate needed items. 

“I feel like it’s a great opportunity for us to help other people,” said sixth-grade math teacher Devin Maxwell, the teacher who first heard about Principals Helping Principals and proposed Halstead pitch in. “It impacted me greatly because I really wanted to show the kids that even though we’re small in little Halstead, we can still make a huge impact on someone else’s lives by what we’re doing.”

V.W. Miller Intermediate School is a seventh and eighth grade school with about 1,200 students. School resumed session Sept. 11 following Hurricane Harvey.

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