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Stepinac High School Students Help Their Counterparts at Texas School Impacted By Hurricane Harvey

Incoming Freshmen Mobilized to Collect Supplies for 9th Grade Biology Class as Part of “Adopt a Classroom” Campaign

As Archbishop Stepinac High School prepares to start its new school year, students are donating items to help a high school in Texas  impacted by Hurricane Harvey get a fresh start on theirs.

Known as Adopt a Classroom, the initiative is the result of the all-boys Stepinac adopting a ninth-grade biology classroom at Klein Oak High School in Spring, Texas. Because Klein was not seriously damaged during Harvey’s torrential downpours, it had been turned into a shelter for individuals who were made homeless by the flooding.  Not only was the opening of Klein Oak’s new school year delayed but the lives of some of its students and families were affected by Harvey and its aftermath.

Although Stepinac’s school year does not start until Monday, September 11, incoming freshmen are being mobilized during this week of orientation sessions to help their counterparts in Texas by collecting and dropping off school supplies such as printer paper, colored pencils, markers, crayons, backpacks and spiral notebooks. The campaign will run until September 15, soon after which collections will be shipped to Klein Oak.

As massive relief efforts got underway, Stepinac explored ways it could meaningfully help victims of the devastating flooding.  Principal Paul Carty said that Guidance Counselor Teresa Timper had suggested a drive to help schools impacted by the disaster. Then faculty member Nancy Bisogno learned about Adopt a Classroom, an initiative by a second grade teach in Florida designed to get students and families throughout the U.S. to adopt a Texas classroom affected by the storm.

Further research revealed that Klein’s 9th grade biology class was on the list. “It seemed like a natural and fitting way to have our 9th graders help their counterparts 1,800 miles away who are looking to get back on their feet,” Carty explained.

Carty also noted that supporting Adopt a Classroom’s mission is in keeping with Stepinac’s tradition to empower students to undertake significantly ambitious community drives to help those less fortunate. “We are very proud of the boundless devotion and generosity they give to each and every cause. The results of our students’ efforts for Adopt a Classroom will no doubt demonstrate that again.”