MEXICO – Four months after Hurricane Harvey made landfall in Texas, people are still struggling to rebuild their lives.
That is where Mexico middle and high school students in the Advancement Via Individual Determination program came together to spread holiday cheer, hope and stability for the Youngblood Intermediate School in Houston, Texas.
During the annual Christmas in Mexico celebration, MACS AVID students hosted both fun pasta and bake sales to collect monetary donations for three struggling Youngblood families who lost everything in the storm.
More than $500 was raised!
Not only have MACS schools remained the heart of their local community, but they now have a part of the small Texas community Youngblood calls home.
An AVID representative from that school contacted MACS Middle School AVID coordinator Kim Julian and MACS High School coordinator Jeanne Baldwin for help so families affected by the flooding could purchase Wal-Mart gift cards to purchase necessities for their children and spouses.
Each family received a $167 gift card.
MACS has celebrated all students who participated in the AVID service project and Baldwin said she hopes this effort will inspire others to take a moment to make a difference in someone else’s life.
AVID has been a successful program in the Mexico Academy & Central School District which has taught skills and behaviors for academic success, provided support for strong student/teacher relationships, created positive peer groups and enabled several MACS students to succeed, persevere and obtain necessary life skills.