Lakota Gives Back: Schools Rally for Victims of Hurricane Harvey

Lakota Gives Back: Schools Rally for Hurricane Harvey Victims
Posted on 09/08/2017
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The movement at Lakota West that produced thousands of T-shirts and shoes for the victims of Hurricane Harvey started with a single tweet from Lakota West Principal Elgin Card.

“Hey Firebirds…the first 10 pairs of shoes and 20 West shirts came from my closet! Who is next!” read his message, in response to a national call for support from University of Houston basketball coach Kelvin Sampson.

A follow-up tweet from Athletic Director Scott Kaufman further amplified Card’s message, sending the Lakota West community, including many of its coaches and their players, into a frenzy of collection. Between the big push at West’s home football game, donation bins lining Main Street, and even large donations coming in from alumni like Philadelphia Eagles linebacker Jordan Hicks, the final shipment was impressive in size.

“Where there’s a need, whether it be down in Houston or right here in West Chester, our students and staff rally together to make a difference,” Card said. “Our students really rose to the challenge on this one. Giving back and supporting others are some of the most important lessons we can teach them.” West students also wrote letters of encouragement that are being sent to those in Texas affected by the hurricane.

Shawnee Early Childhood School was among others at Lakota that jumped in to answer Coach Sampson’s challenge, specifically. But all around Lakota, students and staff came together to contribute to the cause in some way.

At Lakota East High School, for example, the drive for donations was tagged “Hoops for Houston.” Led by the men’s basketball team, in partnership with 40:31 Ministries, the team challenged the East community to help fill 100 boxes with clothing and bedding items. A box-packing event featured a presentation about “Leading Courageously” led by NFL Hall of Famer Anthony Munoz.

Many others throughout the Lakota community teamed up with local churches and organizations like Matthew 25 Ministries to support the cause.

“This show of support is exactly the kind of thing behind the saying, ‘We are Lakota,’” said Lakota Superintendent Matt Miller. “We can do great things together.”

Photo above: Cherokee Elementary students with the donations they collected in support of Matthew 25 Ministries' relief to Hurricane Harvey victims.