On Aug. 25, a category four hurricane named Harvey struck Texas. After more than 50 inches of rain, many Texas residents were left with nothing. Schools, churches and communities around the country are pitching in to help, and Elkin High School students are also doing their part.
Fuentes, a student at EHS, and the president of the National Honors Society, said she and her friends were sitting at lunch when they had the idea to help. They decided to collect essential items that are needed in Texas such as baby and adult diapers and pop-top canned food to send through a Christian ministry in Elkin called Stone’s Throw. Brandy Fuentes said, “It’s great to help people, because there are always people in need.”
Since NHS is a student led club, they come up with ideas on their own and have to figure out how to carry out the projects themselves with a bit of help from Janet Akers, their adviser. “[National Honors Society] sets you up to be service-oriented and helps you to learn empathy,” said Fuentes.
Stone’s Throw left Elkin and headed to Nederland, TX on September 23, with student-collected goods and returned home on September 30. NHS is planning to do more projects like this in the future and are excited to help others. “The more the better!” said Akers.
Even though it will take a while for the communities affected by this natural disaster to get back on their feet, they know that people from all over the country are supporting them and helping out in every way that they possibly can.
See Stone’s Throw ministries on Facebook @stones.throw17 for future projects and ways to help. Although the devastation in Texas is a tragedy, many people are trying to help. “With the community and the whole country working together, I think we can do it,” said Brandi.
Eryn Brown, Emma Swaim, Katie Kellam are English students at Elkin High School.