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Students provide hurricane relief for Houston school

The Special Olympics Club and SCA collected donations to send to North Forest High School.

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Ciara Curwen, Rola Svleiman, Phoebe Munroe, Grace Hoepfner, Yenna Chu pose with donations made by Special Olympics Club.

Ciara Curwen, Rola Svleiman, Phoebe Munroe, Grace Hoepfner, Yenna Chu pose with donations made by Special Olympics Club.

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Ciara Curwen, Rola Svleiman, Phoebe Munroe, Grace Hoepfner, Yenna Chu pose with donations made by Special Olympics Club.

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Grafton High School ran a week-long fundraiser during Homecoming week to raise money and collect goods for North Forest High School in Houston, Texas, which was devastated by Hurricane Harvey. The fundraiser was coordinated by the Student Council Association and the Special Olympics Club.

Throughout the week, nearly $500 and more than 10 boxes of supplies were collected for North Forest High School. The Special Olympics Club oversaw the collection of donated items and advertisements for the fundraiser.

“We advertised and shared the fundraiser through unified announcements and social media. We collected all of the items from the English classes,” said Yenna Chu, founder of the Special Olympics Club.

Some of the items collected included various hygiene products, towels, blankets, sheets, and pillows.

In addition to the items, money was also collected for North Forest High School. Spirit links were sold during lunch blocks for one dollar, and the class who donated the most earned extra points for homecoming week which went towards winning the Spirit Stick.

Students in special education classes had the opportunity to participate in the fundraiser as well.

“The students decorated our collection boxes, helped us advertise, helped us collect, and organize the supplies as well!” Chu said.

While the Special Olympics Club focused on collection, SCA set up the fundraiser. SCA used an online program that matches schools in need with sponsor schools, pairing Grafton with North Forest High School.

“It was sent to us from Mrs. Moore, she found online a project to pair schools up,” said Kiera Schwarz, SCA president.

SCA tackles one major service project each year, and this year chose to focus on hurricane relief.

“We always pick a service project to benefit the community,” Schwarz said.

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