LITTLE FALLS — More than two dozen boxes of school supplies collected by staff, students and other members of the Little Falls City School District were set to be shipped off Thursday to a Texas school affected by a hurricane.
"We will be shipping 27 boxes, totaling 647 pounds,of supplies to Galena Park High School," said Jennifer Smith, a fourth-grade Benton Hall Academy teacher, who coordinated the collection efforts in an email Thursday. "Countless numbers of pencils, markers, crayons, folders, notebooks, backpacks and more were donated."
Smith decided to organize the drive after watching the devastating effects of the hurricane that made landfall on Aug. 25 as a Category 4 storm in Texas, along with the impact made by Hurricane Irma in Florida about two weeks later.
Smith said all three schools — Benton Hall Academy, Little Falls Middle School and Little Falls High School — worked together to "lend a hand."
Smith added, "Hopefully, those lessons of compassion and selflessness will carry throughout their lives."
"I am thrilled that our students and school community, including the Burrows Foundation which generously agreed to fund the shipping costs, pulled together to help others in need," said Smith. "Not only will students in Texas receive some much needed help after their recent tragedy, but our students here in Little Falls learned the lessons of compassion."
District Superintendent Keith Levatino also thanked the school community for its efforts during an interview Thursday.
"… [Smith] completely organized the whole event," said Levatino. "She came to me right after the hurricane hit the Houston area. She knew of schools in need and took it from there and spread the word."
Other schools in the area have been helping out schools affected by the hurricane in Texas, including Frankfort-Schuyler High School’s Friends of Rachel Club that collected books and monetary donations to help St. Thomas Episcopal School in Houston, which was heavily damaged by the hurricane.