North Lamar Sends Relief to Van

  North Lamar middle school students gathered to load the back of a Champion Motor’s car driven by Ricky Richardson with relief items for Van, Texas. Kneeling from left are Donato Curvino, Caleb Young, Parker Brown, Carson Jones, Ellie Ables, Hannah Gibbons, Hannah Crosswhite, Jaycie Hall, Hunter Kruger, Avery Cole, and teacher Kenda Felker.  In back are Breanna McConnell, Texas Darby, Brenton Walton, Elena Covington, Emma Fowler, Karsyn Iltis, Candace Bateman, Kevin Dyck, Jake Blackburn, and Richardson.

North Lamar middle school students gathered to load the back of a Champion Motor’s car driven by Ricky Richardson with relief items for Van, Texas. Kneeling from left are Donato Curvino, Caleb Young, Parker Brown, Carson Jones, Ellie Ables, Hannah Gibbons, Hannah Crosswhite, Jaycie Hall, Hunter Kruger, Avery Cole, and teacher Kenda Felker.  In back are Breanna McConnell, Texas Darby, Brenton Walton, Elena Covington, Emma Fowler, Karsyn Iltis, Candace Bateman, Kevin Dyck, Jake Blackburn, and Richardson.

Overnight upon hearing about the tragedy in Van, Texas, North Lamar ISD was in full gear to help those in a town 90 miles away.  Among those were students in Kenda Felker's class at Stone Middle School who gathered a car load of water, food, school supplies, homemade cards, and money for families in need. 

  Handing cases of water to Rickey Richardson as he loads the back of his car are, from left, Carson Jones, Caleb Young, Texas Darby, and Donato Curvino.

Handing cases of water to Rickey Richardson as he loads the back of his car are, from left, Carson Jones, Caleb Young, Texas Darby, and Donato Curvino.

Just the day before, Felker mentioned the tornado that ripped through Van to her students and the destruction it left behind.  She said her students wanted to help and quickly responded so the relief items could be delivered in a timely manner. 

Spurred by a drive of the North Lamar baseball and softball teams, Felker learned Rickey Richardson of Champion Motors would be making a trip to Van this week to deliver what donations he could gather.  After contacting Richardson, he offered to pick up the class’s donations.

“I am so proud of these kids,” said Felker.  “They are a great group.”

Additionally to help raise money for Van as they recover from the damage, a district-wide five dollar jean day was approved by North Lamar Superintendent John McCullough for staff wishing to wear jeans on Wednesday.  Students and staff at the high school went a step further to pay a dollar to wear a hat or ball cap.

...it is important to show that we are all working together in helping kids.
— John McCullough

“We will present a check to Van ISD before the first baseball game this weekend,” said McCullough.  “Although we will be competitors on the field this weekend, it is important to show that we are all working together in helping kids.”           

The North Lamar Panthers and Van Vandals will begin the Area Series baseball games this Thursday night beginning at 7:00 p.m. in Sunnyvale.  Subsequent games will be Friday at 7:30 p.m. and Saturday at 2:00 p.m. in Mt. Pleasant.

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