First Grade Helps Other First Graders in Need
First grade students at North Park Elementary sprang into action to help other first graders in need that were impacted by Hurricane Harvey. The students collected two large boxes of school supplies to be sent to Ms. Saara Magueyal’s class at Robinson Elementary in Houston, Texas.
“This is a good way for our students to show compassion and think about how they would feel if their school didn’t have supplies,” said Lisa Neely, a first grade teacher at North Park Elementary.
The first graders in Texas, along with their teachers, were relocated to a different school in Houston, because their school and most of their supplies were damaged by flooding caused by Hurricane Harvey on August 25.
The students at North Park were matched with the students in Texas via an Adopt a Classroom page on Facebook.
Ms. Magueyal expressed her gratitude to the North Park students via an email. She noted that they have had some support already but were in need of some very specific items that were destroyed because they were on the floor of her classroom.
North Park first graders collected pencil boxes, folders, books and cash donations to pay for shipping.
The teachers have decided to link their students by more than just giving donations, they plan to be pen pals also.
Neely said becoming pen pals was a natural fit. The North Park students had recently read a stories about storms and about pals. They had also been learning about letter writing.
“We have been talking about compassion and had talked about the hurricane, so when we got the opportunity to adopt a class we thought this would work on several different ways,” said Teresa Smith, a first grade teacher at North Park Elementary. “We can be pals, a friend that writes to each other, and we can show some compassion.”