Calhoun officials provide some storm relief for students

Gabriella Canales By Gabriella Canales

Oct. 11, 2017 at 9:21 p.m.
Updated Oct. 12, 2017 at 11:59 a.m.

Calhoun County Superintendent James Cowley accepts gift cards from the Education Foundation of Calhoun County for students affected by Hurricane Harvey. Foundation Secretary Samantha Bell, left, was among those who gave Cowley the cards.

Calhoun County Superintendent James Cowley accepts gift cards from the Education Foundation of Calhoun County for students affected by Hurricane Harvey. Foundation Secretary Samantha Bell, left, was among those who gave Cowley the cards.   Angela Piazza for The Victoria Advocate

PORT LAVACA - Calhoun County school district students were surprised on Wednesday with a gift they could take back to their families.

"It feels rewarding to be able to do this for the students," said Dallas Franklin, president of the Education Foundation of Calhoun County.

Gift cards valued at $25 were provided to 82 students identified as being in desperate need in the wake of Hurricane Harvey.

District officials gathered at the Jackson Roosevelt Elementary School library to distribute the gift cards between the campuses based on the list of students.

Students receiving the gift cards come from all seven of the district's campuses, Franklin said.

Situations the students are in can range from living in temporary shelters to residing with other relatives, said Calhoun County ISD Superintendent James Cowley.

High school students were identified by their campus guidance counselors, students at Seadrift and Port O'Connor were identified by their campus principal and parent liaisons identified students at other campuses, he said.

District officials partnered with the foundation to be able to provide the gift, he said.

More than $5,000 in monetary donations were received by the district as well as other items from throughout Texas and other states, he said.

Donations were also collected on social media, Franklin said.

All campuses were open when the school year began Sept. 11, he said. Repairs will begin when insurance is finalized.

Foundation officials are planning to provide other opportunities for assistance for students and families who did not receive gift cards, Franklin said.

"We know there is a lot more need, and this is just brushing the surface," he said. "We are hoping this is just the start."

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