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Hope for Houston

Posted 10/31/2017 by Jay Iyema

graphic by Andrew Villescas

 NHS raises money for hurricane victims in hopes to repair their community.

Once in awhile something devastating happens to a community, and it takes a group of people to join forces and rise up to help. This is what TJ students did. On August 30th, the National Honor Society (NHS) did just that. The club sold popsicles after school in order to help the victims of Hurricane Harvey, a deadly hurricane that hit various parts of Texas and left many people without homes, water, and food for several days. Together, NHS raised over $300 and managed to sell all of their popsicles throughout the fundraiser. “I love working with these students. It brings me such joy when people get to see how great and awesome [they] are,” commented Dana Starbuck as she teared up.  

This is Starbuck’s third year as a math teacher at Thomas Jefferson High School, and her second year as the sponsor for NHS. Before coming to TJ, Starbuck was the NHS sponsor at South High School for ten years. When Hurricane Harvey struck, Starbuck knew that there were many great organizations lending a helping hand, but she wanted the spartan community to join forces and help the victims. Regardless of how much money they raised, she knew it would make an impact. Starbuck went on to say, “the money we were able to donate would help the families have some food that will last them for the night.”  

“NHS is great. We join forces to help those in need and it’s such a great feeling to have, knowing that we were able to help.” senior and three year NHS member Maia Freedberg.

“NHS teaches about great leadership skills, and Ms. Starbuck is a great example of what a great leader is.” said Roger Nakagawa. The money that they raised was sent to the Red Cross. “The work that they do in the classroom and community has an amazing impact on our culture,’’ Assistant Principal Andrew Skari said. The fundraiser was a success as it brought the community together and raised awareness for a great cause.