As the North Lamar Panthers took the field Thursday night, their opponent had more to worry about than baseball. Sunday night a deadly tornado ripped through the city of Van. Dozens of people were injured while several people lost their lives in the storm. The Van school district had several buildings torn apart as well.
“Although we will be competitors on the field this weekend, it is important to show that we are all working together in helping kids," North Lamar Superintendent John McCullough said earlier in the week.
The North Lamar Panther baseball team put together care packages for the Van players and coaches. These packages contained socks, soap, deodorant, toothbrushes, first aid kits, snacks and daily devotionals. Prior to last night's game, the Panthers presented the gift bags to team along with a monetary donation of $1,565. The money will help team members and coaches with necessities lost in the tornado over the weekend.
Additionally, a gift of $2904 was presented to the Van ISD by Mr. McCullough to help with the district's recovery efforts. The money was raised through a district-wide five dollar jean day for staff and high school students paying a dollar to wear a hat or cap.
McCullough sent out this email to the district this morning:
"I want to thank everyone who donated money and supplies to Van ISD. They were truly grateful for everything that was presented to them last night. The baseball team and parents provided gift bags for every player and coach and we presented 2 checks to them for a total of $4464. Phil Spann took some items to Van this morning and when a lady found out he was from Paris and North Lamar she hugged him and started crying and talking about how much last night meant to them. I am blessed to work in a district that has a true heart and passion for giving and helping others. Thank you for setting a great example for our students and community."