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VUSD Community Rallies To Help Hurricane Victims

UPDATE: September 26, 2017


Event Recap From RBV Teacher Scott Bailey: 


Thank you so much for your generosity and support for the RBV PTSA Hurricane Harvey Relief Supply Drive last week. We had such support from our student leads Kylie Wilcox and Sabrina Benyo, principal Chuck Schindler, RBV PTSA President Kimmy Gillgren, the PTSA parents who volunteered to collect in the student lot, and all those staff members who let me market the drive by letting me take a photo of them with a box of tampons on their shoulder.


We collected 4,887 tampons and pads totaling 163 packages, 3,678 diapers totaling 74 packages, along with 2,200 baby wipes, 125 pairs of socks, 100 bottles of liquid soap, 40 boxes of tissue 16 bars of soap, 5 bottles of shampoo, and 4 gigantic water bottles.  Again the non-profit charity Project HoUSton will be helping to ship these items to families in need in Houston.


Please congratulate the class of 2020 for donating the most items but the reality is that RBV did a fantastic job as a team.


UPDATE: September 21, 2017


Rancho Buena Vista High School is continuing its efforts to provide long-term relief assistance to those affected by Hurricane Harvey.


Rancho seniors Kylie Wilcox and Sabrina Benyo, with support from the RBV PTSA, are collecting packaged diapers and feminine hygiene products at the school on Thursday, September 21 and Friday, September 22, as well as at the RBV football game Friday night, September 22nd. The groups are working with local organization Project HoUSton to have the items delivered to shelters in Houston upon collection.


Acknowledging that young men are sometimes reticent to handle packages of feminine hygiene products, the two groups have created a campaign titled, #RealMenAlwaysManUp, posting flyers around the school and online showing male student and male staff leaders at the school posing with boxes of donated pads and tampons.



The campaign includes a contest by grade level / graduating class to see which class can have the most items donated.


While the school is aware of other recent hurricane damage, they have vowed to not let attention for Harvey fade. This latest effort is the result of the school's plans to stay engaged with Harvey victims throughout the school year.


Rancho Buena Vista High School students at their Hurricane Drive to collect and distribute much-needed items to those affected by Hurricane harvey


RBV's four current graduating classes competing to raise the largest number of donations.


The RBV community's generosity on display as they collect supplies.





UPDATE: September 8, 2017


The VUSD community continues to show its heart and generosity by expanding efforts to direct aid to those affected by  Hurricane Harvey in southeast Texas.


Friday, September 8th: RBV at Vista HS Football Game

Rancho Buena Vista High School and Vista High School may be rivals on the football field, but at this year’s game both schools are working together to gather and deliver aid to Harvey victims by partnering with different organizations.


Volunteers from the Red Cross will be on hand at the game, held at Vista High School, to collect money to be used directly for Harvey relief efforts. Also in attendance will be volunteers gathering packaged diapers and packaged socks to be delivered directly to Houston via Project Houston, a San Diego-based non profit that has been coordinating efforts across the county to deliver tangible goods to those in need.


Committed To The Long Term

Beyond the September 8th game, students and staff at Rancho Buena Vista High School have been developing a months—long plan to continue to support relief efforts in Houston. Scott Bailey, a teacher at RBV, is working with Chuck Schindler (RBV Principal), a variety of different student groups, and RBV PTSA to develop a long term plan for relief.


Says Bailey, “so often we’re gripped by the immediate needs, but after a few weeks those needs fall out of view. We are committed to building a plan that keeps us engaged with communities in Houston for the long haul, and want people there to know that we’ll continue to help long after the initial rush of attention is gone.”


Bailey says that the ASB team is working on monthly events that will allow people to stay engaged, and will be working with local organizations in Houston to gauge the best ways to respond. The initial push for diapers and socks is a response to many organizations that have made a call for those things.


Says Bailey, “as a parent, I remember what it was like to be in constant need of  diapers when things were going fine, and I can only imagine how difficult it must be for parents across Houston in this time. Those are things that are no brainers in terms of needs.”


Community Effort

While RBV is leading the way for the year-long plan, and Vista High jumped into action as well, both schools stress that they are in this together, and invite the broader VUSD community to join them and build momentum for the relief efforts. “When we came up with this idea,” says Bailey, “We called [VHS Principal] Anthony Barela to coordinate something between the schools, and he was instantly on board and happy to work together. Our district has heart and character and that shows in how we’ve been able to move so quickly.”


As Bailey and the RBV team roll out their plan for the year they will share that information with schools and community organizations.



ORIGINAL STORY: September 1, 2017

The entire Vista Unified School District community is invited to support fundraising efforts for those affected by Hurricane Harvey in Houston and southeast Texas.


Vista High School's fellow XQ Super School grantee, Furr High School, is part of the hard-hit Houston Independent School District. Students and leaders at Vista High contacted the local chapter of the Red Cross, which is providing volunteers to collect funds for the effort at two VHS events.


The school is also inviting people to donate directly to the Houston Independent School District's foundation. Information is available in the press release below, as well as in this article in the San Diego Union-Tribune.


Please consider giving generously and sharing this information. #WAVE


Vista Community Reaching Out to Support Victims of Hurricane Harvey

American Red Cross donation booths at Vista High School events on Sept. 1 and 8


Vista High School, together with the broader Vista community, is supporting those affected by Hurricane Harvey in Houston and southeast Texas.


“Our hearts are with all of those affected by Hurricane Harvey,” said Anthony Barela, Vista High School Principal. “As educators and members of a close knit community in Vista, we want to especially support the staff, students and families of the Houston Independent School District and all school districts affected by the hurricane.”


Vista High School collaborates closely with Furr High School in the Houston Independent School District. Both schools were winners of an XQ Super School grant to rethink America’s high schools; they also represent the two public high schools awarded the grant.


To support, the Vista community will work with the Red Cross to collect donations at upcoming events. Red Cross volunteers will be on campus at Vista High School for the following events with tables to accept monetary donations directed to Hurricane Harvey.


Location: Vista High School, 1 Panther Way, Vista, CA 92084

Friday, Sept. 1 - 6:00 PM during the first home football game vs. San Pasqual in the Dick Haines stadium near the concession stand.

Friday, Sept. 8 - 5:00-6:00 PM during the XQ Super School Live viewing party outside the gym.


Red Cross contributions can also be made at www.redcross.org/. The Houston Independent School District Foundation is accepting donations to support families in the district at http://www.houstonisd.org/Page/164281.




Posted by: Lisa Contreras, District Admin, Vista Unified School District Published:9/1/17
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