Elementary School Partnering with Community in Hurricane Harvey Relief Effort

Edwardsville, KS – Students and staff at Edwardsville Elementary are working to collect items to send to Texas families impacted by Hurricane Harvey.

The project is part of a community-wide effort lead by the Edwardsville Fire Department. Fire Chief Tim Whitham came up with the idea to collect items that will be transported to the impacted areas. Items include: toiletries, towels, baby wipes, etc. The City of Edwardsville, Edwardsville/Bonner Springs Kiwanis Club and local distribution company EARP quickly jumped on board, offering to collect items across the community.

Edwardsville Elementary Principal Tracy Copeland saw the project coming to life and immediately reached out to Chief Whitham to see how the school could get involved. “Knowing that one of EDW’s core beliefs is that all students demonstrate character traits through community involvement, I saw this as an excellent opportunity for our future leaders to help out their community; we want to reciprocate the support that we have received from our own community while also helping those ravaged by Harvey,” said Copeland.

The school is hosting a friendly competition between classes to see which group can collect the most items. The winning class will get to have lunch with members of the Edwardsville Fire Department.