5th grader Victoria Shahan is hoping donations from Indian Lake Middle School will help Houston area students who are victims of Hurricane Harvey.
After watching the evening news with her family, Shahan wrote a letter to ILMS Co-Principal Don Bauer asking to hold a Penny Drive to help out those in need.
Shahan wrote, I know that I am just one student here at ILMS, but if all the students would help, we can all make difference.
Mr. Bauer gave the letter to ILMS Student Council advisor Katy Taylor, who connected with the Adopt-A-Classroom Hurricane Relief program.
As a result of Shahan’s letter, ILMS Student Council is currently holding a Penny Drive with proceeds to benefit an 8th grade classroom at Harmony Public Schools in Houston, Texas.
Taylor says, “I know the schools were hard hit and this school lost everything. It’s great to know we are able to help other kids in school.”
Tuesday evening, Taylor received an email from Harmony teacher Ladonna Bivens saying, “We are back in our building, but not back in routine. Many of our students also suffered losses to their homes. Needless to say we are trying to put it all back together, so whatever you have we will be grateful.” She sent some pictures of the devastation at the school to share with ILMS students.
Collection containers to help Biven’s classroom are set up in the ILMS cafeteria. Students may donate pennies, any coins or even bills. The grade level with the most donations will earn an ice cream treat.
Shahan’s fellow fifth graders are donating daily and in the lead, “It’s going really well, I’m really proud of the fifth grade for caring so much!”
Submitted by the Indian Lake school district.