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Miles away from hurricane victims, DCSD students find ways to help



As Mrs. Robinson’s 5th graders return from lunch at Coyote Creek, they settle in for a quick story. The story in class is taking a backseat to the stories they’ve been hearing on the news lately.

“There are a lot of destroyed houses and stuff.”

“Frustrated at the hurricane - why?”

Students Write Letters In ClassWhile the why is puzzling, the what is more clear. Hurricane Harvey was nowhere near Highlands Ranch, but it touched close to their hearts. So Suzanne Robinson and her class decided to do something about it. She connected with a 5th grade class in Channelview, Texas - just east of Houston. “They have nothing,” explains Robinson. “Maybe we could develop some kind of pen pal relationship with the kids down there,” she thought.

On a Friday afternoon the students expressed their sympathies with pen and paper. “I am so sorry about the damage from the hurricane.”

“I hope things are starting to look better down there in Houston.”

“I’m praying for you and I hope you’re doing good.”

Students Pack School SuppliesThey also knew that a letter wasn’t enough. They brought in school supplies during the two weeks leading up to this day. Crayons, colored pencils, notebook, glue, and scissors were packed into boxes along with their notes. The packages are being rushed out to Texas.

“They’re going to be happy that someone’s trying to help them recover from Hurricane Harvey,” said student Daniel Fabela. To Mrs. Robinson and her class it is a story that can’t be ignored. “You don’t let something like this bring you down. You find some way to help.”

September 20, 2017 | By ccheline | Category: Board of Education, Superintendent

District News

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