Harvey KIDS Education Fund

Since making landfall in August, Hurricane Harvey has devastated the Texas Gulf Coast and has impacted over 6 million Texans. According to the Texas Education Agency, the devastation caused by the hurricane is projected to have displaced over 42,000 K-12 students across district lines.To meet the urgent needs of these impacted Gulf Coast students, a cross-section of local, state and national leaders is launching the Harvey KIDS Education Fund.

In addition to providing immediate relief funding to school districts and/or schools to mitigate the impact to displaced students, Harvey KIDS also seeks to provide longer term funds to enable rebuilding and redesigning schools and the student learning experience.

Specifically, the fund will support:

  • Immediate Relief Efforts: Short to mid-term investments that will be spent in the next 12 months. These funds can be used to address direct challenges related to the storm (e.g., damaged infrastructure (non-capital expenses), incremental resources to minimize disruption to displaced students, support for basic needs, services to address mental health, communications with students and families).
  • Longer-Term, Rebuilding Efforts: Longer term investments that will be considered are either place-based or strategy-based.
    • Place Based Funds will enable districts to engage support that can help evaluate specific school-based needs of the community (e.g., targeted social supports, high school redesign).
    • Strategy-based Funds will enable districts or a coalition of districts to secure strategic planning support that could help evaluate different systemic strategies that could enhance the quality and effectiveness of their work (e.g., human capital initiatives, early childhood strategy).

Applicant Eligibility:
For both Immediate Relief Efforts and Rebuilding Efforts, Texas districts or schools that have been listed as FEMA Declared Disaster Counties are eligible to apply. Any proposal submitted by an eligible school or district will need to have the district Superintendent’s signature.

Grant amounts will vary for each district and will be determined on a case-by-case basis. Any supports or services must begin within 30 days of receiving the funds. A final report will be required from the district to confirm how the funds were used and what was accomplished with the funds.

Note: No funds will be used for capital investments, debt reduction, fund balance contributions, gap coverage between insurance and FEMA payments, etc.

Due to an overwhelming response to the Harvey KIDS Education Fund, we have received grant requests exceeding the funds currently available. We have therefore suspended the application process as of Monday, March 5, 2018 at 5:00 pm.  Applications submitted prior to that time will be accepted for consideration.

Donate now to the Harvey KIDS Education Fund

If you have any questions about the Harvey KIDS Fund, please contact Riddhi Chhaya at rchhaya@cftexas.org.

Aransas County ISD

Aransas County ISD

The impact of Hurricane Harvey in Aransas County ISD included collapsed buildings, and caved-in roofs. In addition to having lost 3 weeks of instruction time, the district and its students have also struggled with a lack of adequate classroom space and equipment. Teachers must also support students who face unique challenges while coping with the loss of loved ones, homes and precious belongings. Harvey KIDS funds are being used there to replace lost technology, provide necessary items for special-needs students and offer English classes for parents.

One high-priority use of the funds was the replacement of equipment for the district's special needs children after the destruction of many classrooms and storage areas. One student, Ava (pictured here), now has a new adaptive tricycle to help her with her motor skills and coordination.

East Chambers ISD

East Chambers school district was hit with 60 inches of water during Hurricane Harvey, and many families who faced substantial losses due to the flood are still struggling with home repairs. The Harvey KIDS funds are helping East Chambers ISD support an after-school program to help students with their homework and studies by providing access to teachers, computers, textbooks and other resources, as well as late transportation back home.

Edna ISD

In Edna ISD, Harvey KIDS funds are being used to employ additional staff to provide remediation and other support to more than 1,500 students there.

Pearland ISD

At least 1,000 homes in Pearland ISD were inundated by floodwaters, forcing 414 students there to move to shelter outside of their home school zones. Harvey KIDS funds are being used to provide these students with transportation to and from school, which has resulted in a daily attendance rate of more than 98%. Despite the devastating effects of Hurricane Harvey, students are learning, and the schools are maintaining normalcy as best they can.

Port Aransas ISD

In Port Aransas ISD, Harvey KIDS funds are being used to offer licensed professional counseling services to the 425 students there, many of whom experienced much loss due to Hurricane Harvey. They are also using funds for medium-term assessment and interventions for their students through the Istation program.

Spring Branch ISD

Harvey KIDS funds are being used in Spring Branch ISD to provide case management support to mental health professionals at three campuses.

Taft ISD

Due to the extensive damage in Taft ISD after Hurricane Harvey, classes for the district’s more than 1,000 students were delayed a month into the school year. To support students and teachers who must now catch up in their coursework, Harvey KIDS funds are being used to hire education consultants who will assist with curriculum and plan development to adjust for lost instructional time.

Vidor ISD

In Vidor ISD, the possible relocation of up to 50 teachers, and maintenance and transportation personnel has been a big concern since the hurricane. In order to help keep vital human capital in the district with nearly 4,000 students, Harvey KIDS funds are being used there to offer two daily meals to staff, and to replace lost technology.