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Columbia school supply collection underway for Harvey victims

Organizers of the school supply collection expected to help thousands of Houston area elementary school students and their families. (Mark Slavit/KRCG 13)

Much of the attention turned to the victims of Hurricane Irma, but at Columbia Public Schools, the Hurricane Harvey recovery effort remained strong.

A Columbia school supply collection assisted Houston children who lost nearly everything.

Beulah Ralph Elementary School Principal Dr. Tim Majerus was ready for a trip to Houston. Majerus organized a school supply collection for Houston area elementary school students recovering from Hurricane Harvey. 15 Columbia Public School District elementary schools worked together to collect the supplies.

“The response has been very positive so far," Majerus said. "We’re hopeful we can help a lot of those students who really had a major tragedy in their lives and make it a little bit better, at least.”

Majerus spoke to principals of Texas schools and found out exactly what their students need. Texas principals said most of their students lost everything from pencils to paper to shoes.

Organizers of the school supply collection expected to help thousands of Houston area elementary school students and their families. They also said their collection drive is a learning experience for students in Columbia.

“We work really hard to teach the students the importance of giving back and to model how to give back to the community," Majerus said. "This is a great example for us to do that.”

Majerus planned to personally deliver the school supplies by driving a rental truck to Houston. Majerus said as fast as donations arrived in Houston volunteers gave supplies to those in need.

Click here to find information on how you can donate school supplies.


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