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Benfer Student Receives Letter from President George H. W. Bush

Benfer Student Receives Letter from President George H. W. Bush

It’s the season of giving, but for Jacob Thompson, a second grader at Benfer Elementary, giving happens all year long.

Jacob serving food from Taco Bell to those impacted by Hurricane Harvey.

Jacob has been giving back to the community since kindergarten by volunteering in a variety of ways, from helping at the Houston Food Bank to serving food from Taco Bell at Gallery Furniture to people impacted by Hurricane Harvey.

“Well I think all of us were impacted by Hurricane Harvey,” Jacob said. “A lot of people lost their homes, vehicles, and also their food and clothing.”

When Hurricane Harvey devastated Houston, the Barbara Bush Library was also impacted and had to be renovated. Although the building had reopened, the library book collection was still growing. That is when Jacob had the idea to host a Lemonade Stand with proceeds benefiting the Barbara Bush Library. Jacob raised $500 to donate to the library for new books.

“It was so touching that a little guy like that would do so much work for his library,” Clara Maynard, Library Branch Manager said. “It was just one of the many ways the community showed support to the library after Harvey.”

Jacob received a letter from former President George H. W. Bush who called Jacob a “Point of Light” which, according to President Bush, means Jacob’s good works bring light and joy to the world. In his letter, he also pointed out that his wife Barbara would be proud, too. The letter is a keepsake Jacob will be able to cherish forever.

Jacob’s unwavering commitment to serving the greater good shows he is a Values-Driven Leader, and we could not be more proud to have him represent Klein ISD.

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