Susan Roberts, Phyllis Brown and Angie Hammond of Methodist Children's Home
(Left to right) Susan Roberts, Phyllis Brown, and Angie Hammond of the Methodist Children's Home campus of the University of Texas-University Charter School.

University Charter School students assist earthquake relief efforts


Recently, the students of the Methodist Children’s Home (MCH) campus of the University of Texas-University Charter School (UT-UCS) raised money to create relief kits for the survivors of the devastating earthquake that struck Haiti on January 12, 2010 and left countless people in need of help. The following article, submitted by Susan Roberts and Phyllis Brown of MCH, tells their story:

“In January of this year, Angie Hammond, high school science teacher at the Methodist Children’s Home University Charter School, brought a community project to the attention of the advisors of the Student Council. Ms. Hammond’s church, Cogdell Memorial United Methodist, was organizing a project centered on Haitian earthquake relief.

The goal of the project was to create a minimum of 100 health kits for Haitians. The Student Council stepped up immediately by unanimously voting to donate their entire fund of $150 to the Haitian relief effort, feeling this was something they were ‘called to do.’ They then set out to raise additional money to make as many health kits as possible. The Student Council members – Kathleen, Grum, Chris, Austin, Saddiq and Andrea – worked at a table in the cafeteria every lunch period for two weeks raising money from teachers, MCH staff and students. The response was overwhelming, with one faculty member agreeing to match the Student Council’s $150. When the fund-raising was complete, the Student Council had raised almost $1,300 toward the supplies needed for the health kits and shipping. Within two days, Mrs. Phyllis Brown, MCH administrative assistant who supports student council projects, purchased the hand towels, washcloths, combs, toothbrushes, soap, band-aids, nail clippers and nail files at the best prices to maximize the number of items for the kits.

The items were then separated for the health kits. Mrs. Brown and faculty advisor and art teacher Susan Roberts assumed this would take the majority of the afternoon. However, the staff and students were about to surprise them again. Ms. Hammond and Ms. Roberts brought student volunteers from their classes to help pack the kits. As a result, Council members had 12 extra pairs of hands helping with the separation of goods. All health items were packaged and ready to go in less than one hour!

Mrs. Brown and Ms. Hammond delivered 160 health kits and extra health kit items to Cogdell Memorial United Methodist Church on the afternoon of January 28, 2010.

Without the incredible assistance of the UCS faculty, Methodist Children’s Home staff, students and administration, our principal, Ms. Judy Green, and former administrator, Dr. Dan Jackson, this project would not have been possible. It gives one a great deal of pride to see the students rise to a challenge of this magnitude and witness the pride shining in their eyes when the task is complete. This was, without a doubt, the MCH Student Council’s greatest achievement for the 2009-2010 school year.”

About the University of Texas-University Charter School:

The mission of UT-UCS is to determine and meet the educational requirements of students with special needs or circumstances. UT-UCS works to help these students achieve academic success, personal growth and successful integration into the adult workforce.


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