Photo by Susan Passmore
Elizabeth Del Rio (right) from the Houston Food Bank, presents information on healthy eating using the MyPlate visual, held by Wendy Strawbridge of the Baytown YMCA. The presentation was part of the CATCH Family Night at Harlem Elementary.
Coach Carl Gray (left) presents a cookware set door prize to Bertha Saldivar, a parent in attendance at the CATCH Family Night at Harlem Elementary.
Wendy Strawbridge from the Baytown YMCA helps Alan Beltre, a first-grader from Alamo Elementary and his mother Arleny Mejia, a Harlem Elementary employee, decide which foods would provide a balanced meal at CATCH Family Night at Harlem Elementary.
Rocket Salazar, first-grader at Harlem Elementary, tries some fruit at Harlem Elementary’s first CATCH Family Night.
Harlem Hosts First CATCH Family Night
By Susan Passmore
Fifteen students in the class work in the shop at least three times each week. When clothing donations come in from the staff or the community, they check them to make sure they're clean and in good shape, and they decide if the items could be worn at school. The class has access to a washer and dryer, so sometimes even soiled items may be salvaged. Students and families are referred to the shop by teachers, counselors and social workers for various reasons.
The aftermath of Hurricane Harvey resulted in increased business for the workers. Not only did more donations come in, including backpacks and school supplies, but community members took advantage of the opportunity to replace a few items they had lost in the flooding. The shop opens primarily for GCM families, but no one was turned away during Harvey.
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