Students-teachers hoops game to support Harvey relief

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A students-vs.-teachers basketball game at Wilson Preparatory Academy this afternoon will raise money for victims of Hurricane Harvey, school officials announced Tuesday.

The game is scheduled for 5 p.m. at Wilson Prep’s new gymnasium, 2755 Tilghman Road.

This fundraiser came about when three high school juniors at looked at the devastation in Houston after Hurricane Harvey and were troubled by what they saw. Raigan Avent, Davis Barefoot and Karsten Woodard said when they thought about the families who have been put out of their homes because of flooding, they knew it was up to them to help.

The students presented the middle and high school principal, Phillip Rountree, with their plan.

And of course, the whole school — administrators, teachers, and students in grades K-11, are on board and will be collecting items for the Houston Independent School District.

“I think the basketball game is a great idea,” Rountree said. “ It will allow us to have fun and raise money while we do it. When I think about the people who locked arms to save their fellow man, we just want to be part of that good work.”

Daryl Woodard, Wilson Prep’s founder and executive director, has already contacted school and community leaders in Houston.

“Can you imagine preparing for school and then a storm hits and lives are changed?” Woodard said. “That is what happened there in Houston on Aug. 28. If I can give you some idea of the numbers, there are around 12,000 students in Wilson. Houston has over 200,000 students in that district. And of those students nearly 70 percent qualify for free or reduced lunch. ”

Scott said students and their families need help like never before.

Woodard said he is proud that his students think of others.

“We teach our students to embrace helping your neighbors and our neighbors are in Texas,” Woodard said. “We are going to do our best to help.”