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Tompkins HS Students Donate Over 800 Coloring Books to Local Hospital


December 13, 2019

By Jennifer Miko

Students from Tompkins High School collected over 800 coloring books, plus crayons, markers and colored pencils to donate to the Texas Children’s Hospital West Campus.

Tompkins Head Football Coach Todd McVey and members of the Tompkins football team.

The inaugural Tompkins Athletics Coloring Book Drive ran from November 1 to December 6. Coaches from all sports encouraged their athletes to participate, and the program was promoted in the school newsletter. Donation boxes were set up around the school for the entire student body to drop off new coloring books, crayons, markers and colored pencils.

“Our athletic booster club is always coming up with great ways for us to give back to the community and the coaches encourage us to serve as well,” says 10th-grader Nathan Archibald. “This was a fun way to help someone else out. I hope it makes a kid smile.”

Athletes and Families Supported the Drive

Athletic Coordinator and Head Football Coach Todd McVey’s mission is to get the Tompkins athletes serving in the community. He promoted the drive at the booster club’s board meeting and used the Remind app to spread the word with his players.

At a baseball team parents meeting, parents supported the drive by donating 100 coloring books, along with markers and crayons.

Tompkins HS baseball coaches with donations.

On Monday, December 9, volunteers from the Tompkins Athletic Booster Club delivered the donations to the Texas Children’s Hospital West Campus.

“I feel like this was a success because the students and athletes really felt compassion for the children that are staying at the hospital, especially during the holidays,” says Kim Chapman, Tompkins Athletic Booster Club board member.

“Christmas is one of my favorite times of the year and it’s sad to think that some kids won’t be home for the holiday or will spend time in the hospital,” says varsity football player Chase Wall.

“Hopefully getting coloring books and new crayons or markers will help them feel a little bit of Christmas cheer,” says Wall. “I am blessed to be healthy and just wanted to help out in any small way that I could.”

Texas Children's Hospital West Campus

Located at I-10 at Barker Cypress, Texas Children’s Hospital West Campus is greater Houston's first suburban hospital designed exclusively for children. The hospital offers a 26-bed, dedicated pediatric emergency center open 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, and is staffed with board-certified pediatric emergency medicine physicians, pediatricians, and advanced practice practitioners.

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