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MCPS ‘adopts’ hurricane stricken school in Texas

by Larry Chowning

The Middlesex County Public Schools (MCPS) has adopted Hartman Middle School in Houston, Texas, and will raise funds to help the school that was damaged by Hurricane Harvey.

Middlesex School superintendent Dr. Peter Gretz informed the school board Monday night that students at the three county schools—Middlesex High School, St. Clare Walker Middle School and Middlesex Elementary School—are going to work together to raise funds to help students at Hartman.

Hurricane Harvey made landfall on August 25 and stayed around until August 30 pounding the city with 40 to 52 inches of rain. Hartman Middle School, nicknamed Pirates, has 1,350 students and was “severely compromised” by the hurricane, said Dr. Gretz.

Dr. Gretz said that the school, students and family of students have been severely impacted by the hurricane and Middlesex County students and teachers feel a need to help.

Board chair Claudia Soucek said, “I think it is wonderful that the kids are looking at what they can do to help others in need. This a wonderful lesson for us all.”

The school children are planning to raise funds within the schools to purchase gift cards to be used to purchase school supplies and other items that the Hartman school administration feels are most needed.

posted 09.13.2017

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