Homestead students lend helping hand to hurricane victims

Wednesday, November 8, 2017 - 12:32

Students at Homestead Elementary unleashed a hurricane of helpfulness on Thursday, Oct. 19, raising more than $3,000 for flood victims impacted by Hurricane Harvey in a walk-a-thon held at the school.

The fundraising event was organized by the school’s Student Leadership Council, which is made up of 38 fourth-, fifth- and sixth-graders. According to teacher Kaitlin Lenoir, the students planned the entire event themselves. She said teams of “Homestead Huskies” and their families raised pledges for the event, with one team bringing in more than $1,250.

Lenoir said several local businesses donated prizes for the walk-a-thon, including Shockwave, Office Depot, Walmart, Jalapenos, the Harry J. McDonald Center, and the Eagle River Bowl. All the money from the event will be donated to children and families affected by the August hurricane and subsequent flooding in communities along the Gulf of Mexico.

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