Bryan Middle donates supplies through ‘Hope for Houston’

Posted on 10/23/2017
Bryan Middle donates supplies through ‘Hope for Houston’


Field Elementary School, situated nearly 800 miles away from Bryan Middle, was one of many schools impacted by Hurricane Harvey. Serving pre-kindergarten through fifth grade, the school was in desperate need of assistance. Forced to push back the start of the 2017-18 school year by two weeks, Field students didn’t even walk through the front doors until Sept. 11. When the students of Bryan heard about the chaos and destruction that happened in the Houston area, they immediately set to work.

“When our students see a problem, they take action and help,” said Guidance Counselor Pat Larkin. “Bryan Middle School had hope for Houston’s recovery and a big heart for Field Elementary.” Almost immediately, Bryan’s Character Crew started brainstorming ways to raise money and meet the needs of Field’s students and staff.

“Character Crew is a select group of sixth, seventh, and eighth grade students who display positive attitudes and willingness to help others,” said Lori Richardson, Social Studies teacher. “This group helps promote our Patriot Way Traits of respect, responsibility, kindness, and honesty.” In a Character Crew meeting, these students created the name “Bryan’s Hope for Houston.”  Then they lived up to the name. 

Bryan hosted multiple fundraising events over the following month. The families and staff of Bryan generously donated supplies for gift baskets. Character Crew and Fellowship of Christian Athletes Huddle Leaders sold raffle tickets for gift baskets. Book and monetary donations were collected during a book fair. Bryan PTO donated gift cards and a variety of school supplies. STUCO donated all proceeds from the fall dance towards Hope for Houston. Yearbook made a monetary donation of $500. The school sold 86 dozen Krispy Kreme donuts in about 20 minutes to benefit the cause.

Some students added a personal touch to the giving. “One student decided to make fleece blankets for the students in Houston,” said Richardson. “She donated enough fabric to make fifteen child-sized blankets. This became a project that several students worked on during Patriot Time.”

Perhaps the biggest success was the school supply drive. Supplies collected included: 200 composition books, 50 boxes of pencils, 500 sets of headphones, 130 binders, 300 folders, 300 primary journals, 50 boxes of markers, 100 glue bottles, 150 glue sticks, 100 boxes of crayons, 50 spiral notebooks, and 10 boxes of file folders.

Bryan Middle was able to fill the entire request for school supplies, as well as provide a check for $3,789.15 to assist in purchasing clothing, food, and toiletries for the families at Field who have experienced losses due to Hurricane Harvey.

With a little help from some students, Larkin loaded up a trailer on Friday afternoon and personally delivered the items to Field Elementary. Upon arrival, Principal John Hendrickson gave her a tour of the school. Larkin recorded the tour for the students and staff of Bryan to watch after Fall Break.

The students at Bryan wanted to support a struggling school with some necessities, and ended up giving one of the greatest gifts of all – hope.

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