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St. Joseph High School helps out Bastrop High School

Sept. 12, 2011 at 4:12 a.m.

A few St. Joseph High School students pose outside the Victoria school. The school raised money to send Wal-Mart gift cards to Bastrop High School students and staff affected by the recent wildfires. Pictured are, front row, from left Harrison High, Tito Sandigo, Olivia Creager, Shayla Marshall, Alex Ferrell; middle row, Marian Howard, Chloe Velasco, Elizabeth High and Julia Dotter; and back row, Cody Janak and Chris Mason.

St. Joseph High School students, faculty and staff banded together to help their peers at Bastrop High School whose homes and possessions were destroyed by wildfires.

On Sept. 6 Texas Association of Student Councils State President, Hayden Greer, contacted STJ Student Council sponsor, Debbie Horton, in an effort to join together in a state-wide initiative in light of the fires.

Along with Bastrop High School's principal, at least 10 teachers and many students lost their homes and all of their possessions. More than 500 homes and 25,000 acres burned in the Bastrop area.

When asked how St. Joseph High School could help, the Bastrop principal said $25 Walmart gift cards would be greatly appreciated.

Within three days, the students, faculty and staff of St. Joseph High School raised a significant amount of money to help their fellow students and educators in the Bastrop area.

As the gifts poured in toward this effort, teachers and administration were awed by the generosity of the Flyer family.

The students said that they were giving to people in need and asked that the total amount of their gift not be disclosed.

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