Klein ISD Health-Science Students Donate Care Packages to Homeless Outreach
For the third year, Klein ISD Career & Technical Education (CTE) partnered with Houston Methodist Willowbrook (HMW) Nurse Residents for joint community outreach. The outreach will support H.O.P.E Haven, a nonprofit organization that meets the needs of the homeless where they are.
Students from seven different CTE Health Science pathways representing all five Klein ISD high schools organized the donation drive, which gave over 1,000 care packages to H.O.P.E. Haven Executive Director Kristyn Stillwell and her staff. The care packages contained masks, toothbrushes, hand wipes, bags of non-perishable food items, and water bottles. The combined total of donations for the two partner organizations was approximately 1,500 care packages.
“I am so thankful to be part of such a loving and kind school community,” Klein Collins senior and HOSA President Jessica Chen said. “We are all so grateful to be part of something that can truly help those around us and gives us a chance to serve our community.”
Klein ISD CTE Health Science pathways have a student enrollment of approximately 3,000 participating in the Medical Science Accelerated College Pathway, Certified Nursing Assistant Pathway, Emergency Medical Technician Pathway, Health Science Clinical Pathway, Medical Sciences Pathway, Pharmacy Pathway, and the Health Care Diagnostics Pathway. Many of these students participate in HOSA—Future Health Professionals, a student-led organization.
“My team of HOSA officers gave ourselves a goal of two weeks to pull donations from our group and the school to create these packages for the homeless. After that, we began using flyers, posters, and school announcements to spread the word,” Klein Forest senior and HOSA President Ryan Nguyen said. “It feels great to know that we helped many individuals who needed these packages. I love that all five high schools, regardless of our location, were able to come together to give back.”
In attendance for Houston Methodist Willowbrook was Chief Executive Officer of Houston Methodist Willowbrook Keith Barber and key Houston Methodist Willowbrook administrators.
Klein ISD Superintendent Dr. Jenny McGown, Director of Career & Technical Education Deborah Bronner-Westerduin, and Career & Technical Education Program Coordinator Natalie Stewart represented Klein ISD.
Klein ISD CTE Health Science Pathway student representatives were:
Klein High – Adam Velez
Klein Forest – Ryan Nguyen
Klein Oak – Sean Moparty
Klein Collins – Jessica Chen
Klein Cain – Alex Merino
Thank you to our CTE department and all of the phenomenal student leaders, educators, and donors who made this donation possible! We are proud to have kids with hearts of gold in Klein ISD!
For more information about Klein ISD Career & Technical Education Pathways, visit kleinisd.net/pathways.
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