HISD Schools Celebrate Thanksgiving by Fighting Hunger in the Community

M. C. Williams Middle School is partnering with Harris County Precinct One Constable Alan Rosen to distribute bags of groceries to some 100 families in the Acres Homes community. At 1:30 p.m. on Nov. 26 various tow trucks and wrecker services will arrive on campus with traditional Thanksgiving favorites. M. C. Williams students will sort them into grocery bags, which will be distributed starting at 3 p.m. The groceries will be given to needy families previously identified by area churches and the middle school.

Worthing High School hosted its annual Sunnyside Community Project food drive before Thanksgiving. More than 200 families benefitted from the drive. On Nov. 23, Worthing served hot meals to the community.

In association with the Mayor’s Anti-Gang Office, Forest Brook Middle School hosted a Fall Family Forum. They will be gave away 50 Thanksgiving baskets, including a turkey and side dishes, and provided refreshments and entertainment.

Austin High School’s teaching-professions magnet students and members of TAFE (Texas Association of Future Educators) have been participating in a “Take a Bite Out of Hunger” food drive to help ensure that the Houston Food Bank has the resources needed to meet the needs of hungry Houstonians. The students also volunteered at the food bank, preparing more than 8,000 meals for needy families this Thanksgiving.

Sinclair Elementary School sponsored a food drive for needy families in their school, who received the makings for a Thanksgiving feast, and Isaacs Elementary School is collected canned food and raised money to buy turkeys for needy families.

Yates High School partnered with the Houston Area Urban League to make sure that 300 needy families have a happy Thanksgiving. Student and adult volunteers distributed 10,000 pounds of food, including turkeys and Thanksgiving baskets, on Nov. 16.

“When students come together to serve others, it makes you feel good about being a part of something that impacts the lives of others,” said lead student volunteer Charlotte Byrd. The giveaway took place during the Yates community festival and open house, “Celebrating Third Ward Through the Spirit of Giving.” The food was donated by the Houston Food Bank. Check out photos from the event below: