Katy Magazine News - Katy, TX
September 1, 2017
By Katrina Katsarelis and Ashley Lancaster
In the aftermath of Hurricane Harvey, Katy has been bombarded with devastating images of flooded homes, unrecognizable streets, and destruction all around us. But in the midst of it all, we all saw little glimpses of hope in the outstanding people around us who are making it all a little bit better. Here are a few nuggets of good news that we hope brightens your day just a little.
1. Students, teachers, parents, and administrators jumped in to help each other time and time and time again.
The Katy community of parents, staff, students, and teachers, have spent countless hours volunteering and caring for flood victims, evacuees and first responders. Even Katy ISD bus drivers jumped on school buses to lead rescue efforts—resulting in hundreds of people being saved from flooded areas. Administrators prepared schools for state and federal emergency agencies needing staging areas. Local churches, organizations, and businesses generously donated time and resources to assist with needs at shelters. Students volunteered an inordinate amount of time helping where they could; from reading to children at shelters to unloading supplies at the shelters. It was awe inspiring.
2. Only two Katy ISD campuses have major flood damage
At first glance, the damage appeared to be far more extensive than we could fathom. But after inspecting the campuses, the district found only two schools, Creech Elementary and Beck Junior High, had sustained severe damage. Fourteen Katy ISD campuses were located within neighborhoods directly impacted by flooding, though the school buildings remained intact!
2. Mayde Creek High School surprised everyone