Students use time off to help others

September 29, 2008 5:39:04 PM PDT
Students in the Clear Creek Independent School District didn't stand idle while at home last week due to Hurricane Ike. They joined in the recovery effort by volunteering their time to serve their community. Students with Clear Creek High School's Peer Assistance Leadership Service program (PALS) pitched in to help coordinate activities at Camp Bay. The day camp was created to help children whose homes were severely damaged by the storm. PALS students played games, painted fingernails and made jewelry with campers at Bay Elementary. "They are a great group of students and I know they made these young students' day," said PAL's sponsor Meredith Harris.

Other students from around the District helped sort and distribute donations for Operation CRAYON. Children Rallying Assistance for Youth of Need is based at McWhirter Elementary School's Bella Center. Last week more than 800 families from 15 school districts received school supplies, clothing and shoes.

Members of Clear Lake High School JROTC pitched in at a point of distribution (POD). They rallied together to load ice and deliver MRE's (meals ready to eat) to families still without power. Other Clear Creek ISD students helped neighbors clean flooded homes and remove debris.

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