Rugby cheer team helps Houston school

Rugby, ND - One school in Houston has missed two weeks of class time and lost just about all of the supplies they once had.

That's why the Rugby High School cheerleading team adopted a classroom at Mayde Creek High School to help them out.

All the items that make up a classroom seem to accumulate over time.

But when this rolls through the city, all those school supplies cease to exist.

"I talked to a school counselor last week and she had said that they figured, throughout their district, over 15,000 students were personally affected by the hurricane," Rugby Cheerleading Coach Ashley Stricker said.

So the Rugby High School cheerleading team has adopted a classroom at Mayde Creek High School in Houston.

Senior Shailah Strand said, "I just think that if we were having a huge hurricane here, I feel like people would try to help us. So I think it's just important for us to help them."

They're collecting school supplies of any kind - like pencils, notebooks, folders, and backpacks.

"If our school flooded and we had nothing else, I would want people to help us and I would appreciate it a lot," Strand said.

Coach Stricker said she was told that 28-hundred students at Mayde Creek High School have been directly impacted by Hurricane Harvey.

"They're so appreciative," Stricker said. "They're excited to get the kids back to school, for them to start some kind of normalcy. To get kind of back into a routine, but the way that we can help is to provide them a little more ease back into that routine."

All week long, people are invited to drop off donations to Rugby High School, Ely Elementary, and Ramsey Bank in downtown Rugby.

Senior Allyson Kleespie said, "I think it's important because our community can see how we're trying to help other people and then they'll be inspired to help other people."

 

Ways you can help:
All monetary donations are asked to be addressed to Rugby Schools, so the cheerleaders can then purchase the items needed to ship to Houston -- items will be sent out September 29.

In the Minot area, Jim Hill Middle School is collecting non-perishable food items to send out, and Minot High School is collecting things like toiletries, clothing, bedding, and baby supplies to send down to Florida as well.

 

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