Gateway's 'Gators Helping Gators' to help Harvey victims
Gateway High School hopes to inundate a Houston-area school with donations in response to recent flooding from Hurricane Harvey.
The schools just so happen to have the same mascot: the Gators.
Gateway High School Assistant Principal Adam Knaresborough said he was watching the news depicting boat rescues in Dickinson, Texas.
“The video showed the flooding on the Dickinson High School campus and the school sign said ‘Dickinson High School Fighting Gators,'” Knaresborough said. “I immediately thought of our Gators at Gateway and how this could be a great opportunity to teach service and giving during a time of need.”
Some of the school's clubs are banding together to raise money in a variety of ways to send to the Dickinson Independent School District, about 40 miles southeast of Houston and 20 miles northwest of Galveston. Gateway teachers have dubbed the effort “Gators Helping Gators.”
Tammy Dowdy, Dickinson's communications director, welcomes the support.
She said the hurricane damaged two of 11 facilities and the high school football field, causing a two-week delay of classes. About 600 of the district's 1,600 employees were displaced and she is unsure of how many of the 11,000 students were impacted.
“We're doing a survey to send out to parents to get a better idea (of how they were impacted),” Dowdy said. She said there were a couple deaths in Dickinson, but is not sure if they had any connection to the district.
Dowdy said local families have been most affected by the hurricane.
“Most people have water in their homes, from a couple inches to a couple feet,” she said. “But I mean, there were people who had to be evacuated by boats who were on their rooftops.”
She said the biggest needs are school supplies, cleaning supplies and other basic home items. She said no clothing is being accepted. The school has a list on its website .
“As we go on, monetary donations or gift cards help,” Dowdy said, adding that the outpouring from the community has been overwhelming. She has coordinated relief efforts from schools all over the country, she said.
Students at Gateway High School are selling T-shirts, raffling baskets of goods in the cafeteria and organizing a ticketed girls volleyball game between students and staff. The ticket proceeds will go directly to Dickinson.
Gateway High School is accepting donations through Sept. 15. The district has also encouraged local businesses and Monroeville residents to donate.
Donations can be dropped off at the high school office and checks should be made out to Gateway High School Student Government Association. For more information, call the high school office at 412-373-5740.
Dillon Carr is a Tribune-Review staff writer. Reach him at 412-871-2325, firstname.lastname@example.org or via Twitter @dillonswriting.