The Scholastic News Kids Press Corps, a group of talented young journalists, ages 10–14, from across the United States and around the world, recently welcomed 44 Kid Reporters to the 2017–18 program year. These junior journalists report “news for kids, by kids” throughout the year with coverage of current events, breaking news, entertainment stories, and sporting events from their hometowns and on the national stage. Truman J. Hamade from Cedar Park, Texas has already begun covering important news in his community.
Truman traveled to Georgetown Municipal Airport where volunteers were packing boxes containing donated food, water, and household supplies for people affected by Hurricane Harvey in Houston, TX. These volunteers are part of the Austin Disaster Relief Network (ADRN) which formed in response to the major hurricane that made landfall near Rockport, Texas in late August. Volunteer pilots are able to fly to Houston and deliver supplies to those in need.
Just a short excerpt from Truman’s article is included below and the full length version can be read online at scholastic.com/news.
Airlifting Hope to Houston
A Kid Reporter tells how one Texas community is helping storm victims.
By Truman J. Hamade
“On a recent cloudless afternoon in central Texas, a twin-engine jet circled above the Georgetown Municipal Airport. Pilot David Robertson was preparing to land after traveling about 400 miles—to Houston and back. He had delivered supplies to Houston for people affected by Hurricane Harvey.
The major hurricane made landfall near Rockport, Texas, in late August. The storm traveled into Texas and moved very little for four days. During that time, some areas saw more than 40 inches of rain.
The hurricane was one of the most destructive storms in United States history, causing an estimated $200 billion in damage along the Gulf Coast. Homes, businesses, and roads in Houston and several other cities were flooded, and at least 82 people were killed.”
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