Help Hilliard Kids Celebrate STAAR Test for Service Day!

For: Hilliard Elementary School Kids
Houston, TX
Organizer: Fran-Victoria Stephens
Help Hilliard Kids Celebrate STAAR Test for Service Day! (Hilliard Elementary School Kids)
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The Story

The Short and Sweet

1. FOR WHOM: Hilliard School Community

2. WHY: To encourage the school throughout the testing season and celebrate its completion

3. PURPOSE OF FUNDRAISING: To provide care package baggies for 4th and 5th graders for both days of testing, encouragement goodies for teachers, and a celebration when the testing ends

4. FUNDRAISING GOAL: 400 Baggies for 4th and 5th Grade for 2 separate days ($550) +9 Teacher Goodies ($90) AND STAAR-studded celebration: Food, family entertainment, and giveaways for school (~600 students) community ($5000)

The Endearing and Informational

As we gear up for the National Mizzou Service Day, Saturday, April 21, 2018, we are seeking donations to help make the day a monumental success!

The students at Hilliard Elementary School have had a rough year! The devastation that the school experienced from Harvey delayed these students' school year by four weeks. 

The students, faculty and staff were relocated. The one familiar and stable edifice in their lives, the school, had now become like many of the other areas of their lives - subject to change. 

Those children who could once walk to school were now bused to a school that had been closed for years.

Before Harvey destroyed the school building, the Texas Education Agency (TEA) determined that the school required improvement and placed Hilliard on a state "I.R." list. This TEA designation meant that the school was required to improve due to its fractured leadership and damaged system-implementation. In other words, the school was repeatedly unable to meet standard state targets. 

If that was not enough, their newly hired principal and counselor, as of June 2017, were the leaders required to navigate the students, faculty, staff, and community through these stifling hurdles. 

The school is 100% Title I, which means that every student is eligible for free and reduced meals.

With STAAR testing, these students, teachers, and administrators have the opportunity to show TEA that they have improved. 

To help encourage this resolute school community,  we are raising money to inspire the students in the following ways. 

1. Student Care Package Baggies: We are purchasing the goodies, and then stuffing and delivering care package baggies for the students taking the tests. We will deliver the baggies for both days of testing, April 10 and April 11 for fourth and fifth grades - so, approximately 400 baggies.

2. Teacher Encouragement Gifts: To teachers administering the test and who have been tirelessly preparing children for the test, we will deliver tokens of encouragement. 

3. STAAR-studded Celebration: We wanted to give the kids something that they could also look forward to...just for taking the exam and hope that it also encourages them to put their best foot forward! So, what better way than to provide this school community with a celebration for the culmination of their concerted efforts. 

Please give to your heart's content! Well, at least by Friday, April 6, 2018. 

"We make a living by what we get. We make a life by what we give." - Winston Churchill 

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