No force of nature is more powerful than Texans helping Texans, and students in our classrooms today are learning important lessons about service to others.

After four of the six campuses in Little Cypress-Mauriceville CISD in Orange County were damaged by Hurricane Harvey, a different kind of flooding followed. A welcome flood of support. The students of Magnolia ISD, some 2 hours away in Montgomery County northwest of Houston, have adopted their “neighbors” and are raising funds to help Little Cypress-Mauriceville schools replace library books, band instruments, athletic uniforms, school supplies and more.

As part of the Harvey Recovery Partnership, Magnolia ISD students are donating their own dollars, selling T-shirts, passing the helmet at football games, sharing proceeds from Homecoming and inviting participation from community organizations and businesses. What an incredible example by a district and community. Our schools teach more than academics, they are also developing well-rounded, civic-minded students who will be the leaders of Texas tomorrow.

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