'Be the Good': Lexington Two teachers, staff, students show their giving spirit
West Columbia, SC - Lexington Two students, teachers and staff are showing their spirit of giving.
‘BE THE GOOD’
Tuesday, students at Airport High School will be sending off donations collected from the district’s recent Hurricane Harvey relief drive to help some Houston, Texas schools affected by August’s devastating storm.
M&W Towing and Transport, a West Columbia-based business, has volunteered to drive to Houston with the donations, which include cases of bottled water, school and cleaning supplies, diapers and more.
Many of the Lexington Two students who joined the drive remember getting help in the days and weeks following the devastating 2015 floods in the Midlands.
“People helped us,” Daniel Bailey, an Airport High teacher, said at the kickoff of the relief drive, “and we want to pay it forward.”
That shared experience in Lexington Two of the devastating floodwaters connected with Texas students whose families are still recovering, according to Terri Cyphers of Spring Forest Middle School in Houston. That school’s student council will help distribute supplies collected by Lexington Two.
“My kids were overwhelmed, touched and humbled by the outpouring of generosity from all over, especially from your kids,” Cyphers said. “They share a tragedy -- my kids feel the personal connection.”
Cyphers said Spring Forest was hit particularly hard because of the release of the reservoirs, adding that Houston neighborhoods in the direct path had 4-6 feet of water for weeks. In a neighborhood of 660 homes, she noted, only 57 were spared.
“When we have had so many conversations about the entitlement, greed and evil that we see today, the inherent goodwill and spirit in complete strangers really means a lot to them,” Cyphers said. “We live by ‘Believe there is good in the world; Be the Good’, and your generosity is a perfect example.”
DAY OF SERVICE
Nearly 40 members of the Lexington Two family shared their Saturday to help two local nonprofit organizations in the Midlands.
Volunteers worked at the Salvation Army Family Store and Habitat for Humanity ReStore as part of a United Way day of service this past weekend. Money raised in the stores helps fund the organizations' outreach efforts.
Lexington Two will join in other days of service in the months ahead with Habitat for Humanity, in concert with planned Midlands area projects.