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Lexington Two schools "pay it forward" to help those affected by hurricane

West Columbia, SC - Airport and Brookland-Cayce are competitors on the athletics field, but when it comes to helping those in need, the Lexington Two high schools are on the same team.

Student councils from both schools are heading up a donation drive to help some schools in the Houston, Texas, area as they recover from last month’s Hurricane Harvey. While many Houston schools have started to open again in recent days, many of their students, teachers and staff are still recovering from the devastating storm.

“Our students feel personally affected by this, because many of them lived through the 2015 floods here and want to share our resources with those who need it most,” said Airport High’s Daniel Bailey, Lexington Two’s Teacher of the Year who is helping students coordinate the donation drive.

“People helped us,” Bailey said, “and we want to pay it forward.”

Everyone in the Lexington Two community -- individuals, families, businesses, churches and other organizations -- are invited to donate items to the drive, which runs through Wednesday, Oct. 11. Donated items can be dropped off at any Lexington Two school.

Items being accepted for the drive include:

-- Baby wipes

-- Diapers

-- School supplies (markers, paper, pencil, folders, rulers)

-- Paper products (toilet paper, paper towels)

-- Cleaning products

-- Bottled water (cases)

The Airport and Brookland-Cayce drive is just one of the hurricane relief efforts in Lexington Two schools. Among others:

-- Fulmer Middle has teamed up with the Cayce Department of Public Safety to collect items for those affected by Hurricane Harvey. The donation drive ends Friday, Sept. 29.

-- Pine Ridge Middle collected more than seven boxes of supplies, an effort coordinated by guidance counselor Julia Beckham. Those supplies will be donated to the Red Cross for relief efforts in Houston.

Airport and Brookland-Cayce will team up for a second hurricane relief event for a date to be announced this fall, according to Brookland-Cayce Principal Gregg Morton. One possibility is a fundraising concert after a sporting event.

"I don't think you're ever at a finer point in life than when you're helping someone in need,” said Lexington Two Superintendent Dr. William James. “What you have here is people coming together from Airport and Brookland-Cayce high schools -- people who normally compete academically and athletically -- and they've laid all that aside and said the most important thing is to help someone who is in need.

“As the superintendent of this district,” James said, “I don't know how you can be more proud of that."

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