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Students at Phoenix and Surprise schools collect water from businesses for Texas


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  • Joe Kovesdy/Madison Highland Prep

A Semi, Donated And Operated By Englund Equipment Company, Will Deliver The Water Collected By Students At Madison Highland Prep And Highland Prep To Locations In Houston And Beaumont, Where Disastrous Flooding Has Occurred. Photo Courtesy Of Madison Highland And Highland Prep Schools

Highland Prep High School in Surprise and Madison Highland Prep in Phoenix have collected more than 200,000 bottles of water for Hurricane Harvey victims in Texas.

Tuesday the first delivery from Highland Prep High School left for Houston and Beaumont, Texas, loaded with 24 pallets of bottled water. The truck made two stops in Houston before delivering 16 flats of water to Lamar University, which had run out of water earlier that week. Thursday a semi-truck filled with 24 pallets from Madison Highland Prep departed to Houston and Beaumont, Texas.

Additionally, the two charter schools anticipate sending 2-3 fully loaded trucks by Monday. Kerry Clark, executive director of Highland Prep and principal at Madison Highland Prep, gives credit to the community for helping both schools supersede their combined goal of collecting and distributing 100,000 bottles of water.

A semi, donated and operated by Englund Equipment Company, will deliver the water to locations in Houston and Beaumont, where disastrous flooding has occurred.

Students at Phoenix and Surprise schools collect water from businesses for Texas MHP-water

Highland Prep High School in Surprise and Madison Highland Prep in Phoenix have collected more than 200,000 bottles of water for Hurricane Harvey victims in Texas. Photo courtesy of Highland and Madison Highland Prep Schools

Kerry Clark, executive director of Highland Prep and principal at Madison Highland Prep, estimates the shipment carries about 37,000 bottles of water. Clark said he expects to send two additional shipments this week.

“It is wonderful to know that our first shipment of water is on the road, headed to the Veterans of Foreign Wars in Ingleside, the Walmart Super Center in Rockport and then on to Lamar University in Beaumont, Texas,” Clark said.

Madison Highland Prep in Phoenix, Highland Prep’s sister school, has collected more than 18 pallets, which are scheduled for a second delivery. The second shipment will head out in the next couple of days with the support of Western Transport Logistics, which will donate and operate the shipping truck.

Highland Prep students, faculty, and administration hustled to keep up with the steady stream of donations in the more than 100 degree weather that continued throughout the Labor Day weekend.

“This effort has really expanded from what might have been just two schools collecting bottled water to a valley-wide effort where students, families, schools and the local business community have rallied together to help people who are struggling in the aftermath of Hurricane Harvey,” Clark said.

Support for the relief effort came in many forms this past weekend. The Surprise Police Department donated more than 400 cases of water. Former Colt cornerback David Macklin collected approximately 400 cases from several Phoenix organizations, and Western Valley Cruisers Car Club of Surprise not only donated 100 cases of water but also treated the Highland Prep students to DQ Dilly Bars.

Donations will be accepted from 7 a.m. to 5 p.m. through Friday at Madison Highland Prep, 1431 E Campbell Ave., Phoenix, and Highland Prep, 15600 W Hearn Road, Surprise.

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