Students in SkillsUSA, HOSA, FFA, and TSA recently completed a week long fundraising campaign to assist elementary students affected by flooding from Hurricane Harvey. With a mission of citizenship through community service in minds and hearts, students adopted New Gulf Elementary School in New Gulf, Texas to help  “Dry Your Boots Off”.

Lexi Dobbs, HOSA, summarized the thoughts of many students when she said, “It’s always hard watching people from the effects of natural disasters, such as Hurricane Harvey. Putting myself in those kids shoes, I can only imagine just how much physical and emotional turmoil they’ve been feeling. Watching our school come together to support those in need gives me a huge feeling of accomplishment, and I am just happy to know that I played a part, whether great or small.”

A fundraising goal of $2,000.00 was set for the “Dry Your Boots Off” campaign. Students participated in a Texas Spirit week complete with western dress and Texas music each day. Each student organization developed fundraising activities that included events such as a Cornhole tournament, Potato Taco Day, Fresh Boiled Peanut Day, Snow Cone Day, Popcorn and Penny Drop Day, Chicken Drop Bingo, and a Texas-style bar-be-que lunch. CTSO students were quite proud to exceed their fundraising goal and present a check to New Gulf Elementary School for $2,850.00.