CCA adopts Houston classroom devastated by Hurricane Harvey

Teachers send school supplies to replenish damaged school


WILLIAMSPORT – Teachers at Commonwealth Charter Academy (CCA), a statewide public cyber charter school, recently purchased and shipped boxes of school supplies to a kindergarten class in Houston, Texas, that lost its classroom materials to flooding caused by Hurricane Harvey.

“I thought we would collect a few packs of pencils and ship a package,” said Alicia Derr, an eighth-grade social studies teacher at CCA. “I didn’t think we were going to ship a pallet.” 

Derr, with the help of fellow teachers at CCA’s Williamsport Family Service Center, collected more than seven large boxes of supplies to send to a kindergarten class at Hilliard Elementary School in Houston. 

Through a teaching blog, Derr connected with the Houston kindergarten teacher, who shared that her school was severely damaged and everything in her classroom was ruined. The students and teachers at the elementary school will soon temporarily relocate to a new building.

The CCA teachers purchased art supplies, reading books, notebooks, classroom decorations, cleaning materials and much more. “It’s amazing. If you go to the Target or Walmart around here, my office has cleaned out their school supply aisles,” Derr said.

Derr remains in contact with the Houston kindergarten teacher, who said she is overwhelmed by the support. She plans to share the supplies with other teachers at the elementary school.

“We just realized that, if this had happened to us, we would want the same kind of love and support,” Derr said.

The Williamsport teachers are collecting money to pay for the shipping costs. 

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