September 6, 2017
By Kelli Gile, WVUSD Office of Community Resources
WALNUT, CA—After watching news coverage of the devastating floods caused by Hurricane Harvey last week, C.J. Morris Elementary has stepped up to the plate to help victims in Texas.
The school’s leadership group quickly teamed up with the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim who will be sending a truck with supplies on September 7.
Fourth grader Malia McBride and fifth grader Sofia Rodriguez recorded a message sent to parents Friday detailing a two-day collection drive of items including diapers, tooth brushes, batteries, flashlights, and cleaning supplies.
“We knew we had to do something,” shared Principal Shehzad Bhojani, following up with his own reminder message after the Labor Day weekend.
“Tomorrow is the last day to send supplies, let’s show Texas how much we care!” he said.
The group of ten student leaders collected donations in three boxes before school on Tuesday and Wednesday in front of the Walnut campus.
“Everyone was so generous, there were piles of supplies!” exclaimed McBride.
“The donations just kept coming! We had a mountain of toothpaste and toothbrushes,” said 4th grader Kailyn Park.
“The boxes were literally overflowing,” added Izabella Robles who said the students made several trips to the school’s Annex to empty the boxes each morning.
“I hope these donations will help them get their life back on track,” the fifth grader added.
Along with the supplies, the school wanted to send something special to lift the spirits of the children in Houston.
Students in every classroom, over 500 in total, colored rainbow cards and wrote personal words of encouragement.
“I send you all my hopes, wishes, and prayers. Don’t worry everything will turn out fine because I’m sure the water will dry up,” Rodriguez penned.
“God is with you,” wrote Jasmine Torres.
The last step was attaching a bag of Skittles candy to each card that read: After every storm comes a rainbow. Sending all our love to Texas.
Teachers Carole Meade, Monica Power, and counselor Lorena Chavez advise the 4th and 5th grade leadership group.
“We are overwhelmed, truly, by our generous C.J. Morris community,” said Mead after receiving the final donations Wednesday.
“They were walking up with just bags and bags!”
C.J. Morris Elementary School in Walnut collects donations for victims of Hurricane Harvey on September 7.
Giving from the heart! C.J. Morris Elementary leadership students with stacks of donations being sent to Houston, Texas.
Rainbow of love! C.J. Morris Elementary leadership students show rainbow cards with Skittles candy for children in Texas.
C.J. Morris leadership students deliver bags of Skittles candy to classrooms on Wednesday.