IHS in the Community
Texas School District Donates $10,000 to Irvington Schools For Sandy Recovery
November 30, 2012Irvington High School
When the students of the Beaumont Independent School District launched a three-week, district-wide campaign to raise money to donate to victims of Hurricane Sandy who are part of the Irvington Public School District in Irvington, NJ, they only knew they wanted to help. Via a teleconference set for 9:30 a.m. Central time, Tuesday, Nov. 27, the student leaders will join BISD Superintendent Timothy B. Chargois in presenting nearly $10,000 to help the Irvington school district family.
“You Can Change a life after a Storm” campaigntook place on all 29 BISD campuses and at other BISD facilities ranging from the transportation and maintenance divisions to the nutrition and police departments. Employees, students and parents gathered up their loose change for the cause. The children took the campaign to new levels by asking their principals to let them wear certain colors or have a sock hop or create chain links for every donation.
Dr. Chargois and Irvington Interim Superintendent, Dr. Neely Hackett will communicate in a special conference call during BISD’s Administrative Staff Meeting. Nine of the BISD student representatives will join Dr. Chargois and BISD administrators in the presentation while Dr. Hackett and several members of Irvington Public Schools’ Board of Trustees will also be on the call.
“The Beaumont community knows firsthand about recovering from several major hurricanes. We truly feel and know some of what the students and employees of Irvington Public Schools are experiencing during the aftermath of Sandy as they navigate a difficult road to recovery and continue the education of children,” said Chargois.
“This donation shows that the students, parents and employees of BISD are sensitive to thepain and suffering of others. We know this is a challenging time for their entire community because we understand the community can’t be fully functional unless the school district is fully functional,” Dr. Chargois added.
In addition to the financial assistance, Dr Chargois has made available key staff members to share their insight for hurricane recovery to the professional staff at Irvington schools. The two superintendents are communicating weekly.
“This assistance from Beaumont ISD is inspirational to the students and employees of Irvington and we are appreciative of not only the fund raising contributions, but also the wealth of advice Dr. Chargois has provided us. All of this is helping us get one day closer to normal,” Dr. Hackett said.
Additionally, BBVA Compass Bank is supporting the student efforts by counting the donated coins and preparing the pounds and pounds of loose change for transferring the cash contributions to Irvington Public Schools. Ron Reynolds is coordinating the project from the Beaumont end while Patricia Wilson is coordinating from the Irvington district.
About Beaumont ISD
The Beaumont Independent School District has 28 schools with nearly 20,000 students and 3,500 employees. The Texas Education Agency school district with several top- rated schools, including three Blue Ribbon schools, two US News & World Report Best High Schools, #33 on Houston Chronicle’s Top 100Workplace, Business Review USA Listing as One of Nation’s Top 10 School Districts, Texas Education Agency Exemplary & Recognized Schools, American College Testing—National Model Schools, National Center on Educational Achievement—Higher Performance Schools, U.S. Department of Education Model Parent Involvement Program, National Model for School Nutrition, National League of Cities NBC-LEO National Model School District and the World’s Premiere Reasoning Mind Program.
About Irvington Public Schools
Located just outside of Newark in Irvington, New Jersey, this school system has 13 schools. Hurricane Sandy temporarily crippled the system however; students and employees are now on the road to recovery. The Mission of the Irvington Public Schools is to create a community of learners dedicated to academic excellence through a combination of critical thinking and life skills, which define the education of the whole child, wherein the major focus of the school system is to improve academic achievement for all students.