Dogwood fourth graders join relief effort for Hurricane Harvey victims

Just weeks ago, Hurricane Harvey decimated several cities throughout Texas, leaving thousands of families with nothing. Dogwood’s Mrs. Cassidy VanVoorst and her fourth graders, in conjunction with several other classes at the school, decided to help those devastated by the flooding and collect supplies for elementary schools in Texas, specifically that of Mitchell Elementary in Houston and Libertas Elementary in Frayser.

With the help of a few parents, the children were able to send hundreds of handwritten letters and illustrations, books, school supplies, and stuffed animals to their Texas counterparts in need.

“We knew the Houston area was struggling and the kids in my class decided to jump into action,” VanVoorst said, “They walked away from school thinking of what they could do for others, which is why I wanted to show them the importance of philanthropy.”

VanVoorst says her class has received countless messages of gratitude from the Texas teachers who received their gifts.

We are so pleased that some of our youngest students took such an active role in helping those afflicted in Houston and can’t see what their extensive kindness will drive them too next.
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