SC school districts ready to help families displaced by Hurricane Harvey

ROCK HILL, SC (WBTV) - Rock Hill School District #3 is ready to help displaced families from Houston who are fleeing the damage left behind by Hurricane Harvey. The district has social workers in place to help families get back on their feet.

"We have a process to wrap our arms around them, to support them for a social service-type agency perspective," Rock Hill District Director of Communications Mychal Frost said. "Network with the right people that can help provide goods, services, clothes, food - and then we can provide the consistent approach to school."

Frost says about a dozen families who survived Hurricane Katrina 12 years ago escaped to Rock Hill. He says that prepared the district to always have a system in place to receive others in need.

There is no official word whether Houston families are coming to South Carolina, but if the call comes Rock Hill School District #3 wants to do its part.

"We want to play some small role in helping them get back to a normal and regular life as much as we possibly can," Frost said.

Parents are pleased the school district is ready to embrace families who battled Harvey. They believe it is the right thing to do.

"It's just part of the human race and human nature, and part of being a United States citizen," parent Jennifer Read said.

India Hook Elementary school will soon give a helping hand as well. It will hold a fundraiser to help victims of Harvey. Many believe this activity will be a good lesson for the students.

"They need to be more understanding and more aware about the world around them, and knowing that they are in something greater than just the little environment that they live in," Read said.

Parents also believe the fundraiser will show children the importance of looking out for their fellow students.

"It'll show them to how to care for others, how to reach out when others are in need," parent Lillie Pichardo said.

Other school districts in the Charlotte area are also ready to assist displaced families. School districts in Union, Cabarrus and Gaston counties say they are willing to help families enroll their kids in school if needed. Charlotte-Mecklenburg School (CMS) officials say they first have to get their marching orders from the state.

In the meantime, CMS has launched the "Help Houston" effort. All CMS schools have boxes to collect donations of new children's clothing and toiletries. Donations will be accepted until September 5.

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