October 12, 2017

Since Hurricane Harvey hit in southern Texas devastating many communities, including Houston, Indianapolis Public Schools students have been busy collecting money and supplies to help the students and families who are suffering there.

At James A. Garfield School 31, students raised $1400 from Dress Down Fridays. They also painted a banner using handprints to make the state of

Students at James A. Garfield School 31 painted this banner for a school in Houston

Texas and footprints to circle the state with the word #HoustonStrong stamped across the top. Each student also signed the banner. The school is working to adopt a school in Houston to send the money and banner to.

Students at Rousseau McClellan Montessori School 91 also extended a helping hand– and dollars. Emmi Perrin is a teacher at the school. She learned from a friend, who is a counselor at a Houston area school, that they were in need of uniforms and toiletries. The school collected 15 boxes of uniforms, five boxes of toiletries and $1500 from a movie night held at the school.

Students at Rousseau McClellan School 91
Students at Rousseau McClellan School 91

“We got all of these items and I really didn’t anticipate so much stuff coming in and then I was trying to problem solve how do we get this stuff down to Houston,” she said.

FOX59 put the school in touch with the Children’s Museum of Indianapolis, who helped them ship the items. The museum also collected thousands of pounds of school supplies and uniforms that went to the Children’s Museum of Houston for distribution.

Here’s a rundown of what other IPS schools did: 

  • Eleanor Skillen School 34 raised $382.25 from a uniform buyout. They sent their check to an elementary school in need in Houston.
  • Lew Wallace School 107 raised $504 through dress down days. They plan to donate the money to hurrican relief efforts in Florida.
  • William Penn School 49 raised $400 by selling lollipops. Their ARCHES students worked overtime to fill orders and meet the high demand.
  • Center for Inquiry 84 raised $1000 for a specific classroom in Houston and another $209.40 for the American Red Cross.
  • Center for Inquiry 70 raised more than $2000 through a three-day penny drive. They plan to donate to four schools impacted in Houston, Florida and Puerto Rico.