Students at Schaumburg High School celebrated homecoming week by creating a variety fundraisers that raised $2,000 that was sent to Cimarron Elementary School in Katy, Texas.
Cimarron Elementary was chosen due to its unique tie to a member of the Schaumburg faculty. Scott Burn, a math teacher at Schaumburg High School, has a daughter who teaches third grade in Katy. Burn said Hurricane Harvey did extensive damage to the homes of a lot of his daughter's students.
"I'm so proud of what Schaumburg students and staff have been able to do for these victims," said Burn.
One of the biggest highlights of the fundraising was an obstacle course, which was set up on the football field. The course, run by Elk Grove Village-based Battle Tested, allowed students to compete against each other. Blake Williams, owner of Battle Tested, donated his equipment and time to help the students raise money for Texas.
Williams said he felt a need to help in some way.
"I have a heart for what people are going through down South," Williams said. "I thought, well, if I can play some small part here, even though I am thousands of miles away, I want to do that."
Students throughout Schaumburg High School were grateful for the opportunity to help those devastated by the storms.
"We care a lot about what's going on around the world," said one student. "We're trying to do our best to help out."
The total amount raised was announced to the students during the homecoming pep-rally Friday afternoon.
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