#HurricaneHelpers in TUSD!

As Hurricane Harvey and Hurricane Irma have brought on hard times, students and staff from all across Tucson Unified School District have stepped up to lend a hand!  We're helping to promote their stories and campaigns here and on social media.  If you know of a #HurricaneHelper in the district, let us know about it!  Send pictures and a brief rundown to: media@tusd1.org.

Soleng Tom PTSA and students with donated backpacks A Tucson High students shows how high 52 inches is, which is the amount of rain that fell in Houston. Donated backpacks with a heartfelt message for hurricane survivors.

Safford middle schoolers pose with their contributions for hurricane relief.
Letters written by 4th graders at Oyama for Hurricane Harvey victims.

Students and staff from Pueblo Gardens pose by their donation pile.
All of the donations from Utterback Middle School.

A Pueblo student with donations from their drive.
Marshall Principal Christopher Loya poses with two students and change jars for their change drive.
Gale students running a bake sale for hurricane relief.

School Rundown

Safford K-8 School - Upper Grades Reaching Higher to Help!

Safford students answered the call for help in a big way with creative thinking and effort.  In just over a week, students packed their donation box with hygiene products, cleaning supplies, and other essentials that can be overlooked in times of need.  Students even canvassed hotels for extra toiletries to donate.  The drive was organized by Ms. Dean, the Student Leadership Coordinator, and Mr. Tate with the approval of Principal Gabaldon.  They challenged the students to contribute and were rewarded in a big way.


Oyama Elementary School - Kind Letters Viewed from Afar!

Ms. Guyot's 4th graders at Oyama Elementary wrote and mailed touching letters of support and encouragement to Houston a few weeks ago. A very special story came out of it (see below video) and the students actually got to meet sweet nurse Trudy, as she came to visit the school and personally thank the 4th graders for their touching letters. It was such a special experience for Oyama!



Soleng Tom Elementary SchoolA Glamorous Drive!

The Soleng Tom PTSA brought out star power for their fundraiser, enlisting 2017 Mrs. Arizona Rachelle Youngberg for help!  Rachelle is a parent at Soleng Tom, and is working with American Airlines to have the backpacks,school supplies and personal items to be delivered directly to Houston area students in Goose Creek School District.


Tucson High Magnet SchoolTrading Tunes for Donations!

Tucson High students Cole Lanning, Destiny Rodriguez and Colter Thomas join forces every day in the cafeteria to trade music for donations.  A $10 donation gets that student the song of their choice played.  If there are no donations, the trio blasts Kidz Bop albums until their peers step up to donate.  Their goal is $2000 raised by September 15th.


Pueblo Gardens K-8 & Utterback Middle School
U of A Equipment Truck Drop-offs!

Both Pueblo Gardens and Utterback spent this past week collecting donations that they delivered on Friday, September 8, to the University of Arizona Equipment trucks that are set to depart for Houston while the University of Houston football team comes to Tucson to take on the Wildcats!


Sam Hughes ElementaryA Student-Led Campaign!

Makenzie Cole, a 5th grader at Sam Hughes, has extended family in the Houston area and wanted to help.  Together, with classmates Lia Lopez and Tulla Pope, Makenzie met with Principal Kat Bolasky about starting their own Harvey drive.  The girls enlisted teacher Christopher Rodarte, who has led canned food drives at Hughes in the past, to help get their campaign off the ground.  They will be accepting donations through September 15th.


Pueblo High SchoolClothing Bank Pitches In!

The Pueblo High Clothing Bank is running a Pueblo Gives to Harvey drive for hurricane relief.  Students and staff are encouraged to bring unopened hygiene and/or household products.  Ana Reyna, who helps exceptional education students at Pueblo transition from school to work, heads the campaign.


University High SchoolJoining Rotary International!

University High is getting in the donation spirit and collecting items to donate to the Rotary International/World Care campaign, running through September 15th.  The 1st period class with the largest donation will be handsomely rewarded with a pizza party.


Maldonado ElementaryThirsty to Help Out!

Maldonado has chosen a specific donation route, focusing on bottled water for their contribution.  With the infrastructure affected in Houston and Miami, clean water has been difficult to come by!


Gale ElementaryBaking up Help!

Jeanmarie Himes’ fourth grade class held a huge bake sale, with the proceeds going to the Red Cross designated for Harvey aid.  What a sweet way to contribute!


Marshall ElementaryEvery Little Bit Helps!

Marshall ran a change campaign to help create change for hurricane victims!  Over three weeks, students were encouraged to find spare change and bring it in to be sent to Texas.  Overall, with a match by the Marshall PTO, the grand total donated to Houston ISD was over $2,100!!! The gesture will help bring a BE KIND mural to Marshall for their efforts!


Nurse Trudy from the American Red Cross visits with Oyama 4th graders to thank them for their letters.
Mrs. Arizona with backpacks donated by Soleng Tom.

Tucson High students trading music for donations.

Sam Hughes 5th graders with their donation box

A Pueblo Gardens staffer puts donations in the car to take to the University of Arizona.

Marshall principal Christopher Loya with Martha Damek presenting the check for Houston Independent School District

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