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DPHS Honor Society, Deer Park Lumber present big gift to DPISD families

Written by InsideDP.com Staff. Posted in Schools

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Students in the Deer Park High School National Honors Society teamed with Deer Park Lumber to pay off students’ cafeteria debt at all DPISD elementary classes. The students recently presented the funds to Deer Park ISD Director of Child Nutrition Michelle Keener.

NHS lunchesPictured are DPHS-SC National Honor Society sponsor David Lawhorn, Honor Society members Brittany Tran, Sarah Hijazi, Halle Perez, Melaina Baggett, Madison Maas, Alysse Harrell, and Jillian Sikes, and DPHS-SC Principal Steve Corry. Photo by Matt Lucas/DPISD.Thanks to the generosity of a group of high school students and its supporters, 455 elementary students and their families received an unexpected gift this holiday season.

The members of the Deer Park High School-South Campus National Honor Society wanted to celebrate the season of giving with a service project that would have an immediate impact on families in the District. They chose to raise funds to pay off student cafeteria debt at the District's elementary campuses.

NHS President Halle Perez said she came up with the idea for the fundraiser, which raised almost $1,600. "I thought it was good to help little kids out," she said.

The group received a sizable donation from Deer Park Lumber owner Dean Lawther, which, combined with several hundred dollars raised at South Campus, was enough to completely pay the debt of all elementary students.

According to Director of Child Nutrition Michelle Keener, the debt usually resulted from parents losing their jobs, the ongoing impact of hurricane Harvey, or families not qualifying for the free/reduced meal program by just a few dollars.

"I was overwhelmed by their generosity," Keener said. "I was very impressed that high school students could be so selfless. I told them approximately how much the debt was and a few weeks later they had the money."