GREEN COVE SPRINGS | The Clay County school district is collecting relief supplies to help students, parents, teachers and other residents of a small Coastal Texas community devastated by Hurricane Harvey.

 

The district is adopting Rockport-Fulton High School in the Rockport, about 30 miles northeast of Corpus Christi, which sustained extensive damage during the hurricane. Rockport-Fulton High School is part of the Aransas County Independent School District, which has five public schools.

It’s part of a “Schools Helping Schools’ initiative. Clay school leaders hope the local community will help Rockport by providing emergency relief as well as more long term assistance. They note that smaller communities often are last to receive relief, and need it most, with little access to the larger cities that have more resources.

Rockport’s current needs include:

  • Hand sanitizer, toilet paper, sanitizing wipes, soap, deodorant, shampoo, toothbrush and tooth paste
  • Diapers, baby formula, baby wipes and baby food
  • Cat and dog food
  • Gas cans, tarps, batteries, work gloves, battery operated fans, bleach, trash bags, buckets, deodorizer, gas cards
  • Canned meats, tuna, baked beans, protein bars, bottled water, instant coffee, juice boxes, Gatorade, peanut butter, jelly and can openers.

All donations can be delivered to a Clay County school. People with questions should contact the school’s front office, according to district officials.

District leaders say they hope Clay students “will benefit as well, as they become involved in paying it forward to another school and community in need.”

Aransas County, population 24,041, encompasses the communities of Holiday Beach, Lamar, Fulton, Rockport and the northern part of Aransas Pass.

Superintendent Joseph Patek of the Aransas County Independent School District recently determined that because of extensive damage its schools are closed indefinitely. However, repairs are underway and classes will resume as soon as possible, Patek said in a statement posted on the district’s website.

“I promise you all, we will not wait one day longer than necessary to bring our students back through the doors of all of our campuses in ACISD,” said Patek, noting weekly updates will be posted on the district’s website and Facebook page.

Teresa Stepzinski: (904) 359-4075