Our families in Bay City TX in Matagorda County on the Texas Gulf Coast left Bay City on August 25th under Mandatory Evacuation orders. The order was downgraded to Voluntary Evacuation on August 27th. Many of our families fled to safer locations, with few resources.
Our school district, Bay City Independent School District, is comprised of approximately 70% economically-disadvantaged students. This means many parents are not bringing in wages during this time -- and so many live paycheck to paycheck. Many have lost belongings that they don't have funds to replace. Homes are damaged by water. The contents of their refrigerators/freezers are total losses. And some -- lost everything.
We have folks evacuated to shelters, wondering how they're going to feed their families when they return. Even after they return, many will still not be able to return to their jobs immediately. Some will be out of their homes for an undetermined period of time.
In the face of all this, our BCISD staff, families and students have remained strong. Our coaches driving evacuation buses to get folks to safety, school nurses volunteering to help evacuate nursing home residents, our students out in full-force helping their neighbors clean up the destruction, our ISD Police Dept helping patrol, many of our school organizations leading donation efforts -- we are #BCISDSTRONG!
It's our families living in poverty we are looking to support, and those who have been living on the brink of poverty who will be financially hammered by Hurricane Harvey's impacts.
The stress of the last week has been unimaginable - day after day of a barrage of tornado alerts, flash flood warnings -- we are concerned for not only the financial state of our families, but of their emotional state. If we can provide these traumatized families some financial support immediately, that will do much to move them toward recovery.
Whatever funds you can donate will be greatly appreciated. We are a small town with a small school district of about 3,600 students, and our county does not have the resources of larger cities. Funds will be distributed according to need, utilizing State economically-disadvantaged data, as well as a need rubric we are still developing.
HELP US HELP OUR KIDS AND THEIR FAMILIES.
#Blackcat Fight Never Dies!
CNN coverage of our coaches heroic efforts: http://www.cnn.com/2017/08/31/us/high-school-coaches-evacuate-town-trnd/index.html
Dr. Marshall Scott III, Superintendent of Schools, Bay CIty ISD