Hampton School District helps hurricane victims
The pleas to help those victimized by Hurricanes Harvey and Irma has been heard by students and staff at Hampton Township schools, who are teaming up to provide support and relief.
It's a district-wide effort:
• The high school's football, and boys and girls basketball teams are donating surplus, brand-new clothing remaining from previous tournaments and other sporting events, said Bill Cardone, Hampton athletic director.
They've thus far collected six boxes of goods, thanks to the idea that came from their coaches.
“We may get a little bit of rain here or there, but down there is complete devastation,” said Cardone. “They need all the help they can get.”
He's not surprised by the athletes' extra work. “They're always willing to give back for people in need,” said Cardone.
• At the middle school, the Helping Hands club, student council and the Hampton Parent-Teacher Organization worked together on a baked goods sale last week, according to middle school teachers Jamie Pillar and Janeen Bentz. Volunteers sold goods at lunch and later at a school open house.
• Senior high student council members recently held a “Hats for Houston” fundraiser, in which they collected $1,637, according to teacher Kevin Green who is the council's advisor. He said their looking for more ways to help.
The elementaries have each been working on donation efforts.
• Wyland Elementary students, said Principal Laurie Tocci, are donating school supplies to the Brother's Brother Foundation, a Pittsburgh-based international charity and a primary local collector of donations.
The Fifth Grade Ambassadors and the Pawsitive Helping Hands Club are drumming up support from the students, Tocci said. Donations requested include school items like rulers, unsharpened pencils, hand-held sharpeners, writing pads, loose-leaf paper, scissors, and 24-packs of crayons, among others. At Brother's Brother request, the PTO is purchasing 5-gallon buckets to pack the goods for transportation, she said.
Students have been filling up supply bins and as of last week, Tocci said it's going very well.
“The bins are looking pretty full,” she said.
The grades raising the most get a extra recesses.
She said students are very receptive to the collection, especially since they can relate to the supplies.
“It's stuff that the kids know the other kids need,” said Tocci.
• Central Elementary fifth-graders are doing a “Penny Wars” drive, according to teacher Tabetha May. Containers in the lobby are labeled with names of teachers' homerooms so students can donate loose coins as they arrive at school. The class with the most amount of money collected by the end of this month wins an extra recess.
“Our goal is to work together to be “hurricane heroes” and support our friends down south,” May said. “This fundraiser goes along with our school-wide theme of ‘#choosekind.' ”
Tocci said Poff Elementary is also doing a supply drive.
She said some students have connections to each state, often speaking of family ties in Texas and Florida. Or they may have vacationed in those areas.
• Even Rick Farino, district building and grounds supervisor, has a donation effort under way. After preparing school classrooms this summer, he found a surplus of desks and chairs and thought they could be used in Texas. He also connected with Brother's Brother and is sending 50 to 60 elementary and middle school chairs and desks.
Natalie Beneviat is a Tribune-Review contributor.