Larkspur Students Support Families Impacted by Hurricane Harvey
Schools and families in Houston are still struggling in the wake of Hurricane Harvey, which hit Houston last August and caused major destruction and flooding to entire communities. At what was supposed to be the beginning of the school year, 75 schools within the Houston School District were closed due to the destruction caused by the hurricane.
Recognizing the sustained hardship, the Larkspur Elementary community wanted to help. So they have adopted a classroom at Houston’s Burnett Elementary and recently put together a fundraiser to take care of the kids in the classroom and their teacher, Jocelyn Chavez.
“We put this fundraiser together in about two weeks, and they were able to raise $2,400,” said Larkspur teacher Amy Calhoun, who coordinated the pairing with Burnett Elementary. “I’ve had a $500 single donation. I received a $250 check today. For a little school like ours, with 240 kids, that’s incredible!”
Calhoun is using the funds raised to provide $100 Walmart gift cards to each student in the classroom, and a $300 gift card for the teacher. The rest will be given to the principal to distribute to the families who are in the greatest need.
“I was speaking with the teacher and she told me this is coming at a great time because it has been really challenging for these students and their families,” Calhoun said. “This group of kids lost everything. It’s a Title One school and so there were already a lot of impoverished kids.”
Above: Amy Calhoun talks about Hurricane Harvey with Larkspur Elementary students and the impact the destruction and floods have caused for students their own age.