Hurricane Harvey causes unexpected week for community


Senior McKenzie Ryder works on crafts with one of the evacuees staying in town during the hurricane. Students and teachers volunteered their time and efforts to help make the stay for the evacuees more comfortable.

Sheri Donaldson

More than 50 inches of rain poured on multiple cities of Texas during the attack of Hurricane Harvey, has caused cities to undergo evacuation. This has led the community to help the victims.

“It is really sad that families are having to leave their homes,” junior Jose Diaz said. “We were glad to be a help and support them.”

The evacuees have been staying at the local Hampton Inn, where students and teachers have been helping and comforting the evacuees. The volleyball girls are one of many groups who came together to feed and spend  time with the children and family victims of Hurricane Harvey.

“It was very heartwarming being there to spend time with the families and children that were in need of comfort,” sophomore Melanie McGill said. “We did crafts with the children and I could tell that we made them feel less pain through the hardship that they were facing.”

Students and teachers have helped by donating school supplies and items to the victims of Hurricane Harvey.

“In our GEMS program, we have all raised supplies for kids and victims of the storm,” Junior Makayla Gilliam said. “The library is filled with supplies and items that many people have brought. We are making a difference.”

The community and school district has also undergone unexpected changes in the week following the hurricane.

“We have received much rain due to the hurricane, but nothing too serious,” junior Yomele Almeida said. “Our town and school has more so struggled with the weekly changes.”

Due to the weather that Hurricane Harvey brought, the volleyball girls scrimmage was cancelled.

“We were all bummed when we heard that we would not be playing in this week’s scrimmage,” junior Kenzie Ryder said. “But we understand that our safety has to be ensured first.”

The large downfall of rain in our town caused a two hour delay start time for all campuses in order to ensure the safety for both teachers and students.

“The two hour delay was unexpected and caused the school day to become a bit hectic,” English teacher Anna Bailey said. “But it was needed to keep everyone safe.”

Hurricane Harvey has also caused the schools in the district to have a shortage of food for breakfast and lunch, due to the hurricane’s destruction causing the food supply trucks inability to deliver.

“I noticed in the lunch line that they stop giving two options,” sophomore Taylor Breshears said. “I was told that we wouldn’t be able to have the regular food system back until the storm passed.”

Although the students and teachers had to undergo unexpected changes and involvement this week; many have commented about the positive meaning that they received throughout Hurricane Harvey.

“It’s been a hard week to overcome,” junior Makayla Gilliam said. “But in the end I think we all realized that the hurricane was a way for everyone to come together as one.”