When Learning and Caring Meet – Becky-David Students Raise Over $5,000 for Hurricane Victims

Posted on 09/12/2017
Ms. Morrow's fifth grade class poses with their donation for Hurricane Harvey


Many things divide us these days, but nothing unites Americans more than the chance to help our neighbors. With Hurricanes Harvey and Irma devastating parts of Texas and Florida, Becky-David Elementary staff and students stepped up to make a difference in the lives of others, raising more than $5,000 dollars for the disaster relief efforts.

This is just another example of Becky-David students making a difference, which is part of their daily education. “One of the character traits we want to build in children is caring,” Principal Sherri Brown said. “This (charity effort) gave them an opportunity to earn some money to give to others in need.” But that’s not all. Teachers took advantage of the piqued interest in weather. “It also gave our teachers an opportunity to teach about current events and how weather can impact communities,” Brown said.

A rudimentary plan resulted in an extraordinary return, and that really says something about the generosity of Becky-David students and staff. “We originally planned to have two fundraising days to help the people affected by Hurricane Harvey – a Hat Day and a Pajama Day. We collected over $2,500 on the Hat Day.” Then came the news about Hurricane Irma, and how the weather would affect Florida. “So we decided to dedicate the funds from Pajama Day to that disaster,” Brown said. “The staff donated money to wear jeans to work for a two-week period. They raised $558! Our grand total was $5,040!”

For a bunch of kids and a few staff members, $5,000 in donations for people they’ve never met is a truly remarkable return. “I have always been proud of our Becky-David community, but this was a bit overwhelming! To raise this much money reminded us all of the amazing community in which we learn, work, and live.”

And that’s just it – disasters such as these offer a learning opportunity. Disasters allow us to put life in perspective, to understand that we may have our own struggles, but that others may be dealing with much greater issues. Disasters also give us a chance to help others, even people who live thousands of miles away. Help is always needed, no matter how small, or in Becky-David Elementary’s case, how big.

“From events such as this,” Brown said, “we are reminded that the power of many small acts of kindness come together to make a much larger impact on our world!”

And that’s where learning and caring meet.


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