Special Needs Teachers Volunteer Aid to Children at Houston Storm Shelters

StoryfulWeatherPublished: August 31, 2017Updated: September 1, 2017
Published: August 31, 2017Updated: September 1, 2017

Kristen McClintock, a Houston-area special needs teacher, recently organized a program to support Autistic children whose families have had to move to shelters – like the George R. Brown Convention Center – following Hurricane Harvey. McClintock’s Teachers Volunteering in Shelters deployed around 150 teachers to shelters, with the convention center being one of the main hubs of activity. Issuing a call for help, McClintock asked that noise-canceling headphones be donated for many of the children with sensory sensitivities, while Stacy Badon, a member of Everything Autism, has worked to create sensory items for the children at the Lakewood Church and convention center shelters. A press release issued by the Houston Federation of Teachers said, “We are so proud of HFT Member and Westside Teacher Kristen McClintock for organizing this response to keep learning happening for our students! Thanks to all HFT members and HISD Teachers who are helping out! We are a group of certified, experienced teachers wanting to provide high-quality childcare and learning opportunities to children and teens of all ages whose families have been displaced by flooding in the Houston Area. We are seeking to coordinate with shelters and relief efforts to ensure that we can provide this service in the most effective, safest way possible. Please contact us via email or Facebook for childcare and educational needs.” For more information, please contact teachervolunteershouston@gmail.com. Credit: Facebook/Kristen McClintock via Storyful

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