On August 25, a record-breaking hurricane made landfall off the coast of mainland Texas, devastating eastern Texas with catastrophic flooding, greater than any experienced in the U.S. for the past 1,000 years. Hurricane Harvey displaced over 30,000 people and caused unprecedented flooding with tragic consequences.
Now Hurricane Irma is bearing down on Florida and the Georgia Coasts. We are facing a national crisis beyond what we have seen in decades. Our Hall County School District seeks to create opportunities for our students, families, schools, and communities to care for others, and we want to help support those impacted by Hurricane Harvey, Hurricane Irma, and future storms.
Just east of Houston, ten miles away from Trinity Bay and the Gulf of Mexico, children attend a school district much like our own. The Goose Creek Consolidated Independent School District and its 28 schools serve thousands of students whose families were deeply impacted by Hurricane Harvey.
They lost or suffered damages to their homes, and they’ve been displaced and out of school for several weeks. When we reached out to ask how we could help, they had one pressing need: Shoes for their children. They explained that people have sent school supplies and backpacks, but that their students had lost all their shoes in the flooding.
We are asking our Hall County community, to join us in our goal to become the most caring place on earth. You may donate online using your My Payments Plus account at https://www2.mypaymentsplus.com/welcome. Members of the community who wish to make a one-time donation may register with a guest account on My Payments Plus.
Donations may also be made in person in the front office at any of our local schools. Personal checks may be made out to your local school name or the Hall County School District, but please write “Hurricane Relief” on the note section of the check.
Each of our schools will have the opportunity to raise funds that we will place in a central account; some of these monies will be used to send Payless and other gift cards for shoes for our sister-district Goose Creek.
In the days to come, we intend to find a school district to help in Georgia or Florida, and we may find that we need some of these funds to help those in our own community who may be impacted by Hurricane Irma.
On behalf of our board of education, our teachers and staff, and our boys and girls, I thank you for your compassion and for being a vital part of a community committed to caring for others.
Superintendent, Hall County Schools