In a letter to parents, teachers and families on the Klein ISD website, Dr. Jenny McGown, Chief Learning Officer, outlined what she called the district's vision: every student enters with a promise and exits with a purpose.
When Hurricane Harvey flooded I-45, FM-2920 and numerous swathes of Klein ISD, that promise - for many students - was threatened. As damage assessment continues district-wide, with students not back in the buildings until Wednesday, that promise remains threatened. But across the district, the community has responded to those threats with purpose.
Tellingly, McGown's letter continues, "It takes students, educators and families working together to navigate successfully all of the many opportunities available."
Those words, written in happier and less trying times, essentially prophesied the Klein community's response to the disastrous flooding. Within tragedy lies opportunity, both for evil - in the case of looting in parts of the city - and for good, as Klein ISD Athletic Director Darby Young said he saw transpire in his district over the last week, as Klein Oak High School, the Klein Multipurpose Center and others were opened not just to local residents, but hard-hit citizens from elsewhere in the city.
"When we had the shelters open, we had people flying in from other communities," Young said. "The kids were helping grab animals, small children, supplies - helping bring families back together after this disaster. It's great to see society and community pull together, showing the good people have within them."
As the hurricane not only disrupted regularly scheduled games, but uprooted and even ended human lives, the various sports teams in the district found themselves with radically new priorities and prerogatives. Per Young, they've responded admirably, and watching the literally thousands of coaches and student-athletes for whom he is responsible perform the way they have in the face of adversity has been a uniquely rewarding experience... [ Read full article at chron.com]