Campuses team up for Harvey relief effort

Published Wednesday, September 20, 2017
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FLOOD RELIEF – Cindy Cox’s class from Paradise Junior High School donated 11 buckets filled with cleaning supplies for Hurricane Harvey survivors. The school donated 34 buckets in total. Submitted photo

While many relief efforts following Hurricane Harvey focused on sending bottled water and clothes, Paradise Junior High and Bridgeport High School partnered for a different type of donation drive.

The two schools gathered 5-gallon buckets with resealable lids and filled them with cleaning supplies.

“We were really glad we got to help because we got to focus on the efforts to clean, not just to replace what was lost,” PJHS counselor Johna Ford said. “They have to clean up first.”

Ford and BHS principal Jaime Sturdivant used to work together at Decatur ISD. When Sturdivant made a Facebook post seeking donations, Ford asked if the other school would want to partner with Paradise. Sturdivant said yes.

The flood-relief buckets were filled with liquid cleaners, dish soap, detergent, insect-repellent spray, brushes, wipes, sponges, dust masks and more.

PJHS donated a total of 34 buckets and several boxes of supplies. The school held a contest among the third-period classes to see who could bring the most, and Cindy Cox’s class won. For their prize, the students got to take a free dress code day and to deliver the donations to Bridgeport High School. From there, the first batch of buckets were sent to Rockport in the beginning of September.

“The students didn’t get to witness the devastation firsthand,” Ford said. “So this was a way to get their minds right and get them focused on the clean-up efforts.”

Paradise’s ag department also donated a bus full of supplies to Harvey victims.

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