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Team HISD shows what it’s made of when flood waters rise

2015 June 3
by HISD Communications

Last week, HISD and several other local school districts had to cancel class due to torrential rains in the Bayou City. But while many Houstonians were staying put and waiting for the floodwaters to recede, some members of Team HISD were taking decisive action by helping others and getting creative.

Senior Jay Mondkar was just days away from graduating from Carnegie Vanguard High School, but he spent his time putting together a powerful video about a trip to his campus in the rain and the storm’s aftermath.

Kolter Elementary School Principal Steven Shetzer, meanwhile, was organizing a clothing drive and making plans to open up his campus over the weekend, so that parents would have a safe place to leave their children while they cleaned out flooded homes. Lyons Elementary School music teacher Steven Shannon even helped save a woman from drowning by pulling her out of a sinking car. (Read more about them here.)

Over at Liberty High School, maintenance crews and school staff spent all of last week repairing the damage caused by two feet of water, so that students could return this week to take their finals.

HISD’s greatest strength has always been its people—whether it’s the passionate teachers who keep students learning or the dedicated corps of support staff who keep systems running. And I could not be prouder of how the members of Team HISD have handled themselves during this natural disaster.

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