Students Show Philanthropic Side Through Fundraisers, Drives

Projects range from collecting candy for soldiers to raising money for wildfire victims
December 06, 2011
Students at campuses across HISD are giving back to others this season through dozens of initiatives designed to benefit diverse constituencies.

Children at Paige Elementary School, for instance, collected $1,200 in donations for the local chapter of Wreaths Across America, which places wreaths on the graves of veterans at the Houston National Cemetery.

Condit Elementary School students, meanwhile, collected more than 100 pounds of uneaten Halloween candy for distribution to American soldiers serving overseas through Operation Interdependence.

Magnet students at Askew Elementary School raised $700 for the American Red Cross to help residents of Magnolia and the surrounding areas who were affected by the recent wildfires.

And Kolter Elementary School’s garden club, the Kolter Cultivators, collected 1,025 jars of peanut butter for hungry Houstonians to be donated to the Stone Soup Food Pantry.

Just a few of the other efforts underway across the district include: blood drives (DeBakey HS and Grady MS), book drives (Alcott ES), and walks/fun runs to support various causes (Lyons ES).