Dallas school raises $10,000 to feed students, their families after winter storm

The Dallas school is raising $ 10,000 to support students and their families after the winter storm

The teachers and staff at Medrano Junior High in Dallas, ISD went to great lengths to feed the students and their families after the winter storm.

The teachers and staff at Medrano Junior High in Dallas, ISD went to great lengths to feed the students and their families after the winter storm.

They raised thousands of dollars to buy groceries and supplies for their families. But it is only the latest in a series of challenges for Medrano employees.

Teachers and staff quickly got the idea together in just two days and raised around $ 10,000 to support students and their families.

The families at Medrano Junior High have gone through a lot in recent years: tackling the tornadoes in October 2019, the ongoing pandemic, and now a winter storm that has disrupted classes for more than a week.

“It’s heartbreaking. It’s very frustrating because at Medrano,” said teacher Marisa Swanson. “Our kids are fantastic. They have been through so much and it feels like we kind of meet over and over again every year.”

Although the school building itself only had a small leak from the storm, their families were much more affected in the past week.

“Each day by Friday, more than half of our families were out of power,” Swanson said. “Many of them still have no water. Some of them, their rooms, apartments or houses are flooded. Many of them have moved into hotels that have also lost electricity.”

By the end of the week, the families ran out of food and asked for help.

“Our students, many of them get their staple food access from our free breakfast and lunch programs,” said Swanson. “When they couldn’t get this for a week and food distribution in the district was delayed, we knew we had to find a way to help our families as soon as possible.”

Staff raised $ 10,000 in just two days while many staff and teachers engaged in the battles of the storm themselves.

“Our donations came from you, your friends, your family and you,” Asst said. Headmistress Beth LaPla. “One of our teachers, she flooded her own house during the power outages and was there today to serve our children.”

“Not only did the donors come from the Texas area, we received donations from people in California and Florida,” said Wallace Wyatt, All Stars Site Coordinator after school.

It took at least one concern out of families’ minds.

“When they realized that in a few days they might not have had a meal, and definitely no hot meals, it is very painful for their teachers,” Swanson said.

“That has always been the topic. We always see our students’ needs and do our best to ensure they are met,” said Wyatt.

Aid doesn’t stop with food donations on Monday. Medrano Junior High staff say they will continue to receive donations for food and other needs.

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