Pasco schools collect donations to help adopted Houston schools impacted by Harvey

Posted at 5:30 PM, Sep 01, 2017
and last updated 2017-09-01 17:30:26-04

For Madison Poe watching images from Houston is especially tough. That’s because her cousin had to evacuate after their home flooded.

“It just makes me really sad. Especially because it’s part of my family getting hit by all that too.”

But Madison and others at Centennial Middle School in Dade City are joining efforts to help.

Schools nationwide are adopting schools in and around Houston and are collecting gift cards, toiletries and school supplies to send them.

“It’s what we are supposed to do right? We are supposed to help our fellow man,” said 7th grade English teacher Heather Campbell.

She got Centennial involved.

“I saw a blank spot and slapped our name in their.”

She ended up picking James Madison High School in Houston. And has already reached out to their Assistant Principal.

“She said a lot of their kids won’t, they’ll be in shelters for a long time because a lot of their homes were destroyed with the flooding.”

Last year at this time, Pasco County schools closed because of the threat of Hurricane Hermine.  Those here know they could be experiencing the same devastation.

“It’s just hard to see that this could really happen, and anybody else it could happen to, hoping they’d be as fortunate to help us as well,” said 7th grader Isabella Lane.

Anyone is welcome to drop off donations at Centennial Middle School. They hope to send their first shipment to Houston late next week.

Schools can get involved by looking up #PrincipalsHelpingPrincipals on Twitter.