Christian said the school’s parent-teacher organization president Melissa Potts has a cousin who teaches at Hull-Daisetta Elementary School, which was flooded by Hurricane Harvey.
“It’s a rural community kind of like ours. They’re a K-6 school, but they only have a school population of 250,” Christian said.
The hurricane displaced school students, faculty and staff to a nearby school, where they remained until last week. In response, Watertown Elementary School students and staff collected needed school supplies for Hull-Daisetta.
“We just wanted our students to have the lesson of giving. We want them to know that when you give, you get it back in return, and they have been great,” Christian said.
Assistant principal Peggy Druyor said the students responded admirably.
“They were fabulous. They were excited to do it. They feel good about helping other people, which is the goal of doing it, along with supplying support,” Druyor said.
Christian and her husband will deliver the truckload of supplies to the school during fall break, because shipping the supplies would “cost a small fortune.” Christian said she plans to visit the school and other parts of the community affected by the hurricane.
“They were very grateful. I talked to the director of schools there, and she was just very, very grateful we were doing this,” Christian said.