Local school district to help flood-weary Texas district

Students in the Central Cambria School District loaded donated supplies onto a bus in Ebensburg on Wednesday. (WJAC)

EBENSBURG — When Central Cambria Middle School principal Chris Santini heard about the story of Deweyville Independent School District on the border of Texas and Louisiana, he knew he wanted his school district to help out.

"We have a lot of empathy for what they're going through there," Santini said.

That district, which serves rural areas of eastern Texas including Orange and Deweyville, suffered flooding last year, and this year Harvey brought more flooding to the homes of children and parents in the district.

"They've been battered and beaten down — and already rebuilt — and now they've been battered and beaten down again," Santini said.

That's why he wanted his students to help. Now, students at the elementary schools, middle school and high school in the Central Cambria School District are stepping up.

"We know we have good kids in our community," said assistant high school principal Andy Paronish. "We have people who step up when things go crazy in the world."

That's something high school principal Tricia Murin said they try to teach their students.

"That's what being a good human — and a good citizen — is all about," she said. "So we're very impressed with all the donations."

Santini said the schools in Texas are still in the thick of things. In fact, he said, the high school in the Deweyville Indpenedent School District is currently a FEMA response center.

He's been talking with someone who works at the school for a couple days now.

"And just... to hear somebody on the ground describing it... it just makes your heart sink," Santini said.

Central Cambria Middle School and Jackson Elementary are accepting donations on Thursday, Sept. 7, from 7:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. They're also accepting monetary donations at their football home opener on Friday.

The group at Central Cambria is just one of many groups that 6 News has reported on in the past week that have been doing things to help those affected by Hurricane Harvey.

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