Members of the State College girls’ volleyball team will have more than a match on their minds Thursday night.
There are bigger things in life than bumping around a ball for a couple hours.
During their match in the North Gym against Chambersburg, the Lady Little Lions will hold a bake sale to raise money for the Humble Independent School District, a district with buildings and residents hit hard by Hurricane Harvey along the Gulf Coast of Texas. The district has local connections, as former 23-year State College district employee Brian Peters is now an elementary principal in Humble.
It is the latest in an effort by the State College Area School District to help those who are struggling.
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“Everyone here could imagine the difficulties of repairing buildings and replacing ruined furniture and supplies just as school was starting,” State College Communications Director Chris Rosenblum said. “So it didn’t take long to grasp the magnitude of need and decide to act. From seeing photos and video from Humble, I think our folks could easily empathize with the plight of fellow educators.”
The Houston-area district has 43 schools, including Kingwood High School, whichsaw several feet of water inside the building, and there is much to be replaced around the district.
State College has a web page dedicated to the effort (www.scasd.org/helphumble) seeking not only donations, but also suggestions from students, faculty and staff for other ways to help or raise money.
So far, $6,885 has been contributed through the web site. Those making donations are asked to use “SCASD” when prompted for the reason for the contribution.
The total does not include other local efforts, such as State College student and accomplished concert pianist Brian Cao pledging his $1,000 prize from a recent music competition in New York. Also, a portion of the proceeds from the Mount Nittany Middle School’s annual Fun Run will be given to the cause.
In addition, a number of State College teachers who knew Peters have made their own contributions.
Rosenblum said the district does not have a target number in mind with all of these efforts.
“The only goal we have is to contribute as much as we can,” he said. “I’m sure the total will increase from grassroots efforts.”
The junior varsity volleyball match starts at 6 p.m., with the varsity following around 7 p.m. Thursday. The effort is providing a lesson that goes beyond the court and classroom.
“It’s what we try to teach them on a daily basis,” volleyball coach Chad Weight said. “To have a positive impact on someone else. It’s one of the mottos we come to practice with on a daily basis.”