The Lewisville ISD recently delivered approximately $75,000 in donations to the West ISD in West, Texas, where an explosion at a fertilizer plant devastated the town.
The money was raised via the “Give ’em $5” campaign, launched by LISD in April, asking faculty, staff, parents and students to donate at least $5 to help WISD’s students, faculty and staff as they work to rebuild.
“I am proud of the LISD community,” said LISD Superintendent of Schools Dr. Stephen F. Waddell. “We were able to use our strengths, resources and talents to provide an innovative learning experience for our students to see the importance of helping others.”
After the funds were collected, LISD Student Advisory Board members and their student council advisors boarded a bus to deliver a check to WISD Superintendent Marty Crawford and School Board President Larry Hykel.
“The gratitude expressed by the WISD superintendent, school board president and school board trustees when we arrived was a moment that will stay with me and hopefully the students forever,” said Flower Mound High School teacher and student council sponsor Jennifer Owens.
“These men choked back tears of joy and thankfulness for what LISD did. I believe this experience will move our students to always find a way to help others.”
Students were honored and excited to be involved in the process.
“Going to West was a life-changing experience for me,” said Lewisville High School student Michael Jiménez. “Seeing the devastation in person and not just on the news made it so real. We could feel the pain of the WISD Superintendent and School Board President as we spoke to them about their schools, teachers and students.
“They were very appreciative of LISD’s donation and were emotional as they told us how the funds would help them. I was thankful all five LISD high schools had representatives there to share in this experience of giving together.”