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Supporting Houston schools is a team effort for Pullman Elementary School

With the help of multiple people and organizations, Pullman Elementary School sent 35 boxes of school items for students and teachers in the Houston area affected by Hurricane Harvey.

The effort was started by a Kindergarten teacher at Pullman, Mandy Mach, whose brother lives in Houston. Mach teamed up with Joan Chadwick, a local daycare provider, and got the approval from Pullman Elementary School Principal Ed Ross to collect boxes of school items that would be distributed through Applebaum Training Institute, a national organization for teachers.

Once collected, Mach and Chadwick found support from Francine Parling and John Stueland, another Pullman teacher and her husband who had worked with Gourmet Foods International.

Stueland is a Lunds and Byerlys employee and with the company’s help he arranged for the grocery store to help prepare and ship the items to Houston through Gourmet Foods International.

“It was inspiring to see how eager everyone was to help throughout this process,” said Mandy Mach. “I know that the gifts from our generous community will mean so much to teachers and students as they begin to rebuild.”

Mach says she hopes the donations of time, energy and supplies from the South Washington County Schools community will help Houstonians feel an outpouring of support from over 1,200 miles away.