West students 'Warrior up' for Bastrop Bears, send trailer load of donated supplies to fire victims
By BY KAYLA BELL - KBELL@VICAD.COM
Sept. 19, 2011 at 4:19 a.m.
In the aftermath of the Bastrop wildfires, Christine McDonald said her students exemplified West High School's motto to "Warrior up."
McDonald, who teaches a family community services class, among others, on Sunday dropped off a trailer full of donations from West Warriors to the Bastrop Bears.
"It was a nice way to be a Warrior," McDonald said. "We just 'Warrior'd up' from one teenager to another."
When the collection began just a week ago, McDonald said she planned on at least filling up her Nissan Sentra with donations to take directly to the Bastrop High School principal.
After donations started pouring in, some from students McDonald had never even had in class, she booked a pickup truck for the transport.
By the time she was ready to pack up the donations, she had to scramble for a trailer large enough to hold all of the items.
"They just started thinking what another teenager would need and, throughout the week, the donations just kept coming in," McDonald said.
McDonald told her classes Monday of how she delivered the supplies directly to the school, which had at least 144 students whose homes were destroyed by the fire.
Students donated everything from nail polish to toiletries, she said.
Along with supplies, though, the class sent notes saying things like "Bears stay strong. Warriors are here to help."
"We also discussed the concept that the sentiment from the heart will last even longer than the items," McDonald said. "And it would hopefully mean a lot coming from one teenager to another."