Local schools extend aid to students in Louisiana
aBasehor-Linwood students, staff provide helping hand
It's a sad fact, and one much to the detriment of people living in the Gulf Coast, that the public's compassion to tragedy wanes as time moves on. Fortunately for students and faculty of the Pass Christian School District in Mississippi, local youths and teachers aren't so forgetful.
In the Basehor-Linwood school district, the spirit of giving has extended well beyond the holiday season. Throughout the first semester, students and faculty have collected money, gifts, food and an assortment of other items for Pass Christian.
Basehor-Linwood adopted Pass Christian earlier this year after three students -- all of whom lost their homes and schools from the wrath inflicted by Hurricane Katrina -- temporarily lived in the community.
Approximately $6,700 has been funneled to Mississippi from Basehor-Linwood.
"It's completely been a districtwide effort," Basehor-Linwood High School athletic director Joe Keeler said. He added, "It's a yearlong project. We'll continue to help them in their time of need."
During the holiday break, school officials are scheduled to deliver more than 500 books and holiday gifts to Pass Christian. Also included in the holiday booty will be a check for $2,600.
Keeler said the kindness of the school district was personified by the selfless actions of students from Basehor Elementary School.
There, students pledged to spend money on buying Pass Christian new books in lieu of having a gift exchange for one another.
The spirit of the season has also been present in all other district schools. Below is a composite of the philanthropic efforts of each school this year.
Basehor-Linwood High School
Collected non-perishable food items, bottled water, toiletries and used clothes. Also raised money through donations, raffles and fund-raisers. Students presented gift certificates to three Pass Christian students who lived in the Basehor-Linwood community temporarily and also purchased track and cross country uniforms for their high school team.
Basehor-Linwood Middle School
Student council collected donations to create Heart 2 Heart care kits.
Basehor Elementary School
Collected donations that were given to the Salvation Army for Katrina victims. Staff raised money through fund-raisers and students collected books to restock Pass Christian libraries.
Glenwood Ridge Elementary School
Collected non-perishable food items, hygiene products and clothing for a local family affected by Katrina. Raised money for Pass Christian.
Linwood Elementary School
Put together care packages for victims of the hurricane. Students also collected school supplies to donate.