IL schools pitch in for Houston’s Harvey victims

Many high schools across Illinois and across the country were collecting money at last night’s football games to provide aid and comfort to people in Texas who suffered great losses from Hurricane Harvey last week.

For example, when Allyson Kennann, who graduated from Dunlap High School near Peoria six years ago and now teaches first grade at Garfield Elementary School in Houston, told the current staff and students at Dunlap that the school needed help, they raised more than $10,000 for relief efforts.

On top of that, people started to fill the school’s 52-foot marching band trailer with necessities: cleaning products, bedding, toiletries, socks, shoes, underwear, trash bags, and so on.

Band director Jason Shea and Principal Scott Adreon are driving the truck down to Houston, the Peoria Journal-Star reports.

In Aurora, student organizations at Metea Valley High School collected donations for a Hurricane Harvey relief fund as well. The money will be donated to the JJ Watt Foundation, Metea Media, the student newspaper, reported.

To support the “We are One” initiative, people were encouraged to donate even just a dollar to the fund and watch it add up.

“Hopefully if you do have money all that we are asking is a dollar. It’s amazing how those dollars collect,” the paper quoted Dean of Students Jennifer Rowe, who serves as a cosponsor for the StuGo organization, as saying. “While we are having fun we can also take a moment for this cause and for the people whose lives have been disrupted from that norm of being able to enjoy the Friday night lights. We are so excited to be able to come out and be very spirited in that way.”

For information on making sure your donations get to Harvey victims in a way that can help them recover from the losses they have suffered, please see our story here.

“This is amazing, I can’t believe how my hometown is pulling together,” Ms Kennann said.

“The theme of the football game is USA,” the Journal-Star quoted Mr Adreon as saying. “We want to show we’re one country and we’re taking them under our wing.” Dunlap High School’s mascot is the Eagle, so he completely intended the pun.

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