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November 13th, 2011
Two SMA groups assist Bastrop wildfire victims

Members of SMA’s National Junior Honor Society help clean up the site of a home that was destroyed by the Bastrop wildfires. Thirteen members of the group and their two sponsors participated in the project. PHOTO by TAMRA HOWE


San Marcos Baptist Academy students conducted two service projects recently to assist people affected by the Bastrop area wildfires.

The Academy Student Council collected $488 in donations from the student body for the Bastrop ISD Employee Relief Fund. Don Williams, executive director of community services and communications for Bastrop ISD, came to SMA Nov. 7 to accept the check from Student Council president Tiara Hansen of San Marcos.

“The Employee Relief Fund benefits both students and employees who have been affected by the wildfires,” Williams said. “In the Bastrop ISD, the families of about 750 students lost their homes and about 300 of our employees lost their homes as well. We are grateful to the academy for their donation to this fund.”

Last month, members of the National Junior Honor Society at SMA joined a volunteer clean-up crew at the site of a home that was destroyed by the wildfires.

“For the kids, it was a very humbling experience,” NJHS co-sponsor Tamra Howe said. “They worked very hard and didn’t want to leave when it was time to go.”

Among those who participated in the project were Kelsey Chandler, Kenna Mason, Callie Innerarity, Victoria Garrett, Zach Cox, Andrew Hansen, Ava Garcia and Matthew Rindahl of San Marcos; Aly Parker, Brenden Christensen and Hank Shirley of Kyle; Cooper Allan of Martindale; and Amy Batiste of Round Rock.

SMA Student Council President Tiara Hansen, right, presents a check to Bastrop ISD representative Don Williams, left. PHOTO by DON ANDERS

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