SHEBOYGAN — Last month, Sheboygan South High School students joined together to raise funds for a school in Texas that had been devastated by Hurricane Harvey through a change drive, called Hustle for Harvey.
On August 25th, Hurricane Harvey made landfall. In the week following, an unprecedented amount of rainfall hit the Houston area, causing massive amounts of flooding.
Kathleen Oltesvig, a Biology teacher new to South High School, taught in Richmond, Texas last year at William B. Travis High School. Richmond, Texas is in the southwest area of Houston, where flooding reached historic proportions. Near Travis High School, all but one of the housing areas were under a mandatory evacuation. Many students and their families were or still are in shelters, without knowing when they can return home.
Other students and their families have lost everything. In addition to losing personal items, they have lost cherished memories, school supplies, and any food they had in their homes. Even after the flood waters recede, the process to clean and rebuild requires time, energy, and money.
Graig Stone and his student leaders did a great job helping run the change drive. In total, South High School students raised $2,696.72 to go to the families of Travis High School that have their homes and personal items devastated by Hurricane Harvey.