Rayburn Student Council Receives Spirit of Giving Award

Rayburn Student Council Receives Spirit of Giving Award
Posted on 04/28/2015
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Members of the Sam Rayburn High School student council were presented with a special award for their charitable efforts.

Our Community Giving, a non-profit Houston-area organization that supports charitable community initiatives, chose Sam Rayburn’s student council as the recipient of this year’s Spirit of Giving Award. Not only did Our Community Giving present the student council with a framed award, but also a donation of $100.

“I believe if someone has done something good, you should tell them,” Our Community Giving Director Diane Howard said. “These kids are good stewards of their time and resources. They optimize the spirit of giving.”

The Sam Rayburn student council was chosen in part for their efforts in Spirit Shirts for Africa, one of Our Community Giving’s largest initiatives. This program collects spirit shirts from different organizations and sends them to children in Africa.

Diane Howard, Director of Our Community Giving, presents the Spirit of Giving Award to Sam Rayburn High School teacher Ashley Webb and Student Council president Jocelyne Huitron.

“Many of these children have never owned anything new,” Howard said. “Something we may look at as trash they truly deem as treasure.”

Within a short period of time, students worked tirelessly to collect over 150 clothing items mainly consisting of spirit shirts and hats, from nearly all campus organizations and clubs including the TexAnns, Orchestra, Choir, Ecosquad, BPA, the College Club and more to donate to children overseas.

"Our Community Giving gave us an amazing chance to participate in an international project and help children across the world," Ashley Webb, an AP English teacher at Rayburn High School, said. "It was a great way for our students to see the impact they can make through donations and volunteering. We are so appreciative of this award and gift.”