Schools help Hurricane Harvey relief efforts


The school communities in District 58 pitched in to help victims of Hurricane Harvey in south Texas.

  • Students in all District 58 schools participated in “Hats for Houston” on Sept. 1, raising roughly $12,500 for Hurricane Harvey relief. Schools allowed students to wear hats for the day in return for donating $1 to the American Red Cross or toiletries and needed goods for south Texas disaster relief. Our school communities have a wonderful history of serving others in need locally, nationally and internationally.
  • Pierce Downer students, parents, staff and teachers joined together after school to test and pack solar lanterns with phone plug-in capabilities and headlamps to help victims and first responders. They partnered with Watts of Love, a Downers Grove organization that works globally to provide light and electricity for families and homes without power. Team members delivered the lights over Labor Day weekend. “It was a great experience to understand what this amazing local, yet global, non profit provides to people in poverty,” said PTA President Colleen Loftus. Check out more photos here.
  • Herrick eighth graders Ana Barnett, Leah Edelman, Gabriella Frank, Lindsey Hilt, and Elena Tomchek created 300 toiletry bags for distribution to those affected by Hurricane Harvey.  Gabriella collected the items from generous residents and the school community and the girls met to put the bags together.