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RHS cheerleaders adopt Texas classroom
September 8, 2017

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Rugby High School's cheer team has adopted a classroom affected by Hurricane Harvey.

As part of their "adoption," the team is collecting school supplies the classroom had lost due to the storm.

The team has adopted a 9th grade math class at Mayde Creek High School in Houston, Texas which is part of the Katy Independent School District. The school enrolls over 2,800 students, most of whom were affected by flooding. Schools in the Katy district are expected to be closed until Monday.

Needed school supplies include pencils, erasers, paper, highlighters, notebooks, binders and folders.

Drop boxes for are expected to be at Rugby High School and local businesses, as well as football games on Sept. 15 and 29. Monetary and gift card donations can be left with Marilyn Yoder or Sharon Ebach at Rugby High School, which will in turn be used for supplies. The boxes will be in place for three weeks, and will be sent out for delivery on Oct. 2.

According to cheer coach Ashley Stricker, the team wished they "could do something" to help. Stricker then found out about the classroom adoption effort via social media.

The adoption effort was set up by a Texas second grade teacher. Schools, churches, businesses, individuals forming groups and organizations that apply are matched with a teacher and are sent contact info, information about the classroom's situation and supplies needed immediately. Applicants and matched classrooms then put together a plan on how to meet needs.

Interested persons can find out more about the Adopt a Texas Classroom effort at sunandsecondgrade.blogspot.com.

Stricker said that despite losing six due to graduation, this year's team has an "outstanding group of cheerleaders."

- Tribune Staff Report

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