Students at Ridgeview High School recently raised over $2,000 to benefit a Texas high school with the misfortune of being in the path of Hurricane Harvey.
Kingwood High School in Kingwood, Texas is still uninhabitable weeks after Harvey’s destructive winds caused widespread damage to the Houston area and much of the Texas Gulf Coast in early September 2017. The homes of many Kingwood High students were flooded during the storm. Kingwood’s students are currently sharing space with another area high school until their school can be repaired.
“My students were moved by the stories of students and families facing the aftermath of Hurricane Harvey after coming across videos showing the widespread flooding,” teacher Heather Peterson said. “They didn’t want to just sit around and do nothing – they all felt motivated to help in some way.”
Ridgeview students, with the help of Peterson and fellow teacher Ben Parsons, sprung into action and contacted the organization AVID to assist them with locating an AVID school in Texas they could fundraise for.
AVID is a global nonprofit organization with the goal of preparing all students for college and other postsecondary opportunities. AVID’s curriculum is utilized at over 6,200 schools throughout the United States. Ridgeview High is in its third year of the program.
AVID connected the two high schools, enabling Ridgeview to ask Kingwood for a list of supplies and needs. Ridgeview High raised funds each day during third period for a week, totaling over $2,000. The final number is still being tallied.
“Our students wasted no time in organizing the fundraiser and talking with their fellow students about the need at Kingwood High,” Parsons said. “We contacted local media to spread awareness and with so many students on board, we raised a significant amount in a short time period. I’m extremely proud of the generosity and selflessness displayed by Ridgeview students.”