September 01, 2017
By: Al Di Carlo

While the devastation of Hurricane Harvey continues to be on the mind of all Americans, our local School Districts are coming together to do their part in helping those affected.

This morning, I emailed many of the Athletic Directors in the East Penn Conference as well as the Colonial League to see if any teams or schools had plans to assist. Within minutes I received a phone call from Joe Stellato, the Freedom Boys Basketball Coach and Athletic Director Nate Stannard.

The Bethlehem Area School District and the students at both Freedom and Liberty High School will come together to organize a fundraising initiative to benefit the Houston Independent School District.

Beginning on September 8 during the Parkland–Liberty Football game at BASD Stadium, Red-White-And Blue bracelets will be sold for $3.  The bracelets read, “BASD Helps Heal Houston”. They will then be available for all BASD schools on September 11, with all proceeds distributed to Houston the following week.

There are many more schools and athletic teams that are also having fundraisers. Here are only a few others doing their part to help! Check back with updates on other school's contributions!

*Bangor sent a care package to Kelvin Sampson, the Houston Cougars Mens Basketball Coach.

*Northampton will be collecting donations over the next two weeks.

*Saucon Valley will be collecting monetary donations for the American Red Cross at tonight's football game and will be collecting supply/clothing donations through next week to be sent to Texas.

*The Southern Lehigh girls tennis team is holding a Car Wash Fundraiser, donating to American Red Cross through Discover Card’s matching donation program. The team raised a total of $635, Discover will then match that number, bringing the total amount raised to $1,270.

*Catasauqua High School also sent a package to Coach Sampson containing some Rough Rider t-shirts.

It is great to see how, despite being more then 1,500 miles away from Houston and the surrounding areas, the Lehigh Valley and its School Districts are stepping up when it matters.