Janesville school, church team up to send school supplies to Texas teacher

More than 450 items sent to Houston

Bethel Baptist Church and Harrison Elementary School collected more than 450 items of school supplies to send to a first-grade teacher in Houston.

Jamie Lane, a family pastor, said he found a group online that paired organizations with teachers in need in the wake of Hurricane Harvey.

“As a church, we’ve obviously been praying for those that have been affected by the hurricane, so to be able to kind of do something tangible was really cool,” Lane said. “It was kind of overwhelming to spread it all out on the table and kind of see it all there and pack it up and ship it out.”

Lane said Bethel Baptist Church and Harrison Elementary School have a partnership, and the church usually collects supplies for the school at the beginning of the school year. He said it was good to work together on a project that will help so many students.

“I love that we’re able to sometimes look outside these walls and look to see how we can help other people who are hurting,” Lane said.

At Harrison Elementary School, Principal Jessica Grandt said she was impressed with how many donations the students brought in during the collection week.

“We talk a lot here at Harrison about how it’s bigger than our classroom. It’s bigger than our school. It’s bigger than just Janesville, that we’re all sort of citizens of the world,” she said. “This was our opportunity to sort of help some students over in Houston.”

The students and congregation collected all sorts of school supplies, including markers, erasers, pencils, notebooks, glue sticks and scissors.

“A lot of (the students) had heard about the hurricane. Well, it even impacted their school and that they didn’t have the basic stuff to come to school,” Grandt said. “So it was just a really great project because it really spoke to all of our kids, kindergarten through fifth grade.”

Lane said when he took the supplies to FedEx to be sent to Texas, the workers told him they could only ship up to 150 pounds. The school supplies came in right under that at 147 1/2 pounds.

Lane shipped the items Tuesday and expects them to arrive in Houston at the end of the week or early next week.

Thanks to the generosity of the Harrison families and Bethel Baptist congregation, we collected over 450 school supply…

Posted by Harrison Elementary School, School District of Janesville on Wednesday, October 18, 2017