Local middle school students collecting donations for school in Texas

Dear Editor:
Several years ago, when a friend returned from a mission trip to Haiti, I asked her about something that she remembered about the people. One of the unusual things she talked about was meeting a teenager who when asked what he would like, he responded he would like an ink pen. He never owned one and would like it for school. Something we take for granted.

Fast forward to today as storms continue to batter parts of the U.S. and the Caribbean. Cambridge Middle School and Isanti Middle School/Minnesota Center have made contact with the principal of a hurricane-damaged middle school in Texas. His school received some damage but many of the students lost school supplies and clothing when their homes were destroyed.

Our middle schools’ students, staff and families have taken hold of the district’s character traits and showed that they really have compassion as the students collect school supply donations for the Texan’s 1,400 students. But Cambridge-Isanti students need our help. Take a look in a closet, a drawer, or shelf that might have folders, ink pens, highlighters, notebooks or even some new pencils. You can donate those items, or even cash to cover the cost of mailing supplies to Harman Middle School in Houston, Texas.

We have a little over a week. Donations will be collected through Sept. 29 and then shipped out the first week in October. On Tuesday, Sept. 26, you won’t even have to get out of your car. Several retired Cambridge-Isanti teachers will be outside the middle schools from 3:30-4:30 p.m. to receive items that you have donated.

Thank you. I hope to see you on the Sept. 26. I will be at Isanti Middle School/Minnesota Center.

Gary Hawkins