DHS Assistant Principal, Sharmeca Harris, and the district's Student Services Team took the lead in organizing a relief effort for the victims of Hurricane Harvey. They were joined by volunteers from school staff, school students, and community members. Student volunteers included members of the National Honor Society and Student Council, and the Art Department created the sign for the bus.
Brookshires provided the site with the store manager checking on the volunteers periodically. Also the young men bagging the groceries in the store brought the shopper's donations over to the bus in buggies. One of the checkers even worked as a volunteer after getting off work. The Sheriff's Department checked on the volunteers several times through the day and will escort the bus to its destination in Longview later in the week. McDonald's provided cold drinks for the volunteers. The district's bus driver donated his time to bring the bus to the parking lot and then return to pick it up. He will also be driving it to Longview to load the items on a large truck which will be headed to the Houston area.
This day the school and community came together as one for a good cause. The community opened its heart and made the day a huge success by donating a bus load of water, cleaning supplies, school supplies, and non-perishable food items. In addition, about $1500 in cash was donated. One gentleman brought $297 in change in a sock that he had been collecting.
It was a wonderful day to experience and one that will be long remembered.