Harvey Relief for Houston Schools

In late August, Hurricane Harvey ravaged Houston in what is now widely regarded as one of the most devastating natural disasters in American history. A little more than 4 weeks later, Houston natives are starting to return to "normal", but there is still more work to be done, particularly in schools. Some schools have spent months clearing out debris and water damage, which has pushed back their start dates to as late as October. Many of the buildings are still not safe enough for students, resulting in mass relocation to other old buildings around the city.

Penn Athletics, spearheaded by Penn athletes who are also Houston natives, have decided to do their part for the city in need. We have decided to adopt two elementary schools in the Houston public school system that have been relocated to science wings of local high schools and give them the things that make elementary school fun. 

In conjunction with those schools, we are raising money to add color to their school day, including books, carpets for story time, posters for the walls, blocks and toys to play with, bean bags and mats for nap time, stuffed animals, and more. We want to help rebuild an evironment where they can learn, grow, and thrive again after their lives were completely uprooted by the hurricane. 

Thank you for your support!

- Molly Oretsky & Zack DiGregorio

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Elementary School Before Harvey:

After Harvey:

Current Relocation:


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  • Stephanie Jones 
    • $40 
    • 41 mos
  • Alex Moses 
    • $10 
    • 41 mos
  • Jon Errico 
    • $10 
    • 41 mos
  • Clare Sebastianelli  
    • $10 
    • 41 mos
  • Nicholas Armetta 
    • $10 
    • 41 mos
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Organizer and beneficiary

Zack DiGregorio & Molly Oretsky 
Philadelphia, PA
Rachel Hiller 
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