HOUSTON – In the wake of the destruction left behind by hurricane Katrina, the Galena Park Independent School District (GPISD) has joined forces with Channelview and Sheldon ISDs, and the North Channel Area Chamber of Commerce to “adopt” the Pascagoula Public Schools in Mississippi . GPISD is challenging all other school districts in the Lone Star State to team up and adopt a school district that has been affected by this natural disaster.
“Our hearts go out to those who are dealing with the aftermath of the hurricane. We want to extend our assistance and try to ease the burden on those in Pascagoula ,” said GPISD Superintendent of Schools Dr. Mark Henry. “We hope that all districts in Texas will team up to assist school districts along the Gulf Coast .”
Twenty-three GPISD schools and departments, 11 Channelview and seven Sheldon ISD schools are collecting donations to provide school supplies and clothing for the students in Pascagoula . If every student and employee in all three districts donates a dollar to the Pascagoula relief effort, over $38,000 could easily be raised.
Pascagoula Public Schools serve nearly 9,000 students at 16 campuses. Reportedly, two schools were completely destroyed during the storm. All other campuses experienced roof and window damage.
“It will be many months before the Pascagoula schools are up and running, but when they are we hope to provide some stability for their students,” Henry said.
GPISD has already enrolled over 200 Louisiana students and more are expected in the coming days. “We are making sure these students have supplies, clothing, counseling services and anything they need until they are able to return home,” Staci Stanfield, director of communications, said. “We are focused on ensuring that all hurricane victims and their children have a safe place to stay and a regular routine while attending school in our district.”
To make a donation to the Pascagoula relief effort, please contact Linda Sherrard, director of community education, at 832-386-1066. Checks may be made payable to the North Channel Area Chamber of Commerce Foundation.