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Nearly a month ago, South Texas was bracing for what would be known as the worst hurricane to hit Texas since 1970. Texas Governor Gregg Abbott said it will cost as much as $180 billion, $125 billion coming from federal aid, to rebuild the state, which would make it the costliest natural disaster in U.S. history. Many Texans, and even people from around the country, responded in a big way. From rescue efforts to donations - people wanted to help those in dire need. That certainly was the case for the Little Elm ISD community. Pat Robbins, Director for Communication Services and Community Relations, coordinated a Loose Change donation drive in late August. "We had students who really wanted to help these South Texas communities," said Robbins. "But we wanted to be effective in our giving which is why we chose the Loose Change Drive."
Over the course of two weeks, each campus had a bucket where money was collected for Harvey Relief. "This was such a great opportunity for our students to visualize how even a little bit of money can add up over time and know they are helping people in need." said Robbins. "The buckets were so full, they were too heavy to carry. I had to use a flatbed dolly to deliver them to the District and to the bank for a final count of all the change collected."
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The District raised $4,784, and Brent Elementary raised the most of that amount. Senior Officer Corporate Partnerships at American Red Cross Diane Stephenson received a check from the students at Brent Elementary Tuesday morning. "To have a child who is philanthropic means a lot and it is an important base for students to have for a life-long of giving. We are grateful to the school, students and parents for doing this." said Stephenson.
The money will be used by the Red Cross to help those impacted by Hurricane Harvey. "There were more than 700,000 households impacted by this disaster. This dollar amount (given by the District) will help at least 100 families still living in shelters," said Stephenson.
(pictured: Brent Principal Virginia Gwyn, Sr. Officer Corporate Partnerships at American Red Cross Diane Stephenson, LEISD Communications Director Pat Robbins)