Anthony Wayne, Otsego teachers team-up for hurricane relief project in Texas

WHITEHOUSE, Ohio (13abc Action News) - As soon as they saw the destruction caused by Hurricane Harvey, teachers Jonathan Schumm—of Anthony Wayne—and Megan Pierce—of Otsego—knew they had to do something.

So they teamed up, got students involved and created an online registry to help those at low-income North Shore High School outside of Houston.

"It's a Title 1 school, so there was need even before something as tragic as Harvey," said Schrumm. "So I can't imagine what the needs are now."

Schumm is a former teacher at the school of 3,000 students, so the destruction is something that hits close to home.

"It was definitely on my mind throughout the whole ordeal," said Schrumm. "Even now it's not like things are perfect there."

Despite the hurricane's damage, classes are in session at the Houston-area school. So the two started off by asking foremost for school supplies.

"We specifically started with school supplies and have those listed as the highest priority items because those are the things that wouldn't necessarily be covered, whether it's the Red Cross or anyone who has made donations," said Pierce.

The teachers are also asking for hygiene items and gift cards to send to students and their families.

With one shipment of supplies already sent to Texas, the two schools hope their efforts make a difference in the lives of those who need help.

"In a place where we are now that hasn't been hit--just being able to do anything. I don't want to say an obligation, but it feels great to be able to something, especially for a community we know needs these things," said Schrumm.

"It's a nice way to see the dynamic between two different schools and it's not always, 'We're going to beat you Friday nights,' but now we're going to work with you to help somebody else," said Pierce.

If you'd like to donate an item to the Anthony Wayne-Otsego hurricane relief registry, we've posted a link in the sidebar of this story.