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Many families in Bastrop, Waller, Montgomery, and Grimes counties are still struggling after losing their homes to last year’s devastating wildfires. While it will take months and even years to fully recover, the students and staff at Katy Elementary have stepped up to help.
When Jennifer Stockstill of Katy saw a story about members of the Heart of the Pines Volunteer Fire Department on KPRC Local 2 News, she shared it with the school’s PTO board. PTO members decided to donate to the cause, having been inspired by the firefighters who worked so tirelessly and selflessly to protect others when their own homes were in danger.

Students at Katy Elementary School had already been collecting coins to help victims of the wildfire. With this new goal, the students were able to collect $1,100. “Hopefully by our story, others will be inspired and moved to donate,” says Stockstill.

“It strikes at your heart – it’s pretty emotional – [and it] makes you know you’re appreciated,” says John Banning, a member of the Heart of the Pines Volunteer Fire Department, about the school’s donation.

KPRC Local 2 Chief Meteorologist Frank Billingsley visited Katy Elementary to meet the students who reached out to help fellow Texans in their time of need. “What I really wanted to say to you guys is thank you,” said Billingsley to the room full of kids and teachers.

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