LEAGUE CITY, TEXAS –You already know that Texas is a big state with a rich history. It is not too often that an opportunity to do something for the first time in this great state that we call home presents itself. But a handful of community-minded students at Clear Springs High School in the Clear Creek ISD are not ones to shy away from the prospect of changing history, so they took their opportunity when they saw it. They have just formed the FIRST Student United Way High School Club in Texas and the FIFTH Student United Way High School Club in the United States! “We are looking forward to the opportunity to create lasting change in our community! We are excited to be a part of this new club so that we can leave a legacy of community service in our school long after we graduate,” said Kristie Tu, President of this new club and CSHS Senior.
Lindsey White, UWGCM Associate Director, Tracy Cotton, CSHS Geometry Teacher and Student United Way Club Sponsor, Kristie Tu, CSHS Senior and Student United Way Club President, Gail Love, CSHS Principal, and Chris Delesandri, UWGCM Executive Director
Members of the Clear Springs High School Student United Way Club will facilitate and coordinate volunteerism for their fellow students. Many high school students need volunteer hours as part of the requirements for membership to various clubs, and the CSHS Student United Way Club will be a hub of volunteer opportunities. As such, they will also be able to lead projects using their volunteer base. When the CSHS Student United Way Club needs funding for projects, they will be able to apply to the United Way Galveston County Mainland Youth Advisory Board for seed money.
The Clear Springs High School Student United Way Club will work hand-in-hand with the UWGCM Youth Advisory Board that was formed in 2012. The Youth Advisory Board is comprised of students from high schools across Galveston County’s mainland communities. They meet monthly and represent their schools at a voting level to approve grants provided by funding allocated by the UWGCM Board of Directors.
Youth Advisory Board President Carey Landon has a lot to say about this new development. She led the Youth Advisory Board through their first year in 2012, and will lead again in the 2013-2104 school year. “United Way Galveston County Mainland is a fantastic organization. We are proud to be part of a program that will mentor high school students in community service and we are excited to see the projects that will come from the Clear Springs High School Student United Way Club.”
Tracy, or Mrs. Cotton as her students know her, is the Faculty Sponsor for what is formerly known as the Clear Springs High School Humanitarian Club and now known as the Clear Springs High School Student United Way Club. The Humanitarian Club was formed in 2010 with the intention of providing community service opportunities for the school’s students. After Mrs. Cotton arranged a meeting with her students, CSHS Principal Mrs. Love, and UWGCM representatives Chris Delesandri and Lindsey White, the official decision was made to rename their club the “Clear Springs High School Student United Way Club.”
Please join us in congratulating the founding members of this new club, as well as the UWGCM Youth Advisory Board and the UWGCM Board of Directors, for their remarkable efforts in helping youth achieve their full potential.
United Way Galveston County Mainland is dedicated to advancing education, health and income stability from La Marque to Friendswood (and every mainland community of Galveston County in between). By supporting the Youth Advisory Board and Student United Way Clubs, UWGCM is able to deepen their impact.
United Way has long been seen as a fundraising mechanism for social service organizations. UWGCM is proud to provide direct services that will empower our young people to develop into young leaders that will continue the cycle of giving back.
Clear Springs High School Student United Way Officers and Advisors
- Kristie Tu, President, Clear Springs HS Student United Way Club
- Lisha Patel, Vice-President, Clear Springs HS Student United Way Club
- Katherine Fernandez, Secretary, Clear Springs HS Student United Way Club
- Emily Han, Historian, Clear Springs HS Student United Way Club
- Thao Nguyen-Pham, Activities Coordinator, Clear Springs HS Student United Way Club
- Tracy Cotton, Sponsor, Clear Springs HS Student United Way Club
- Lindsey White, Associate Director, United Way Galveston County Mainland
United Way Galveston County Mainland Youth Advisory Board Members
- Carey Landon, President, UWGCM Youth Advisory Board, Senior at Friendswood HS
- Andrew Galvan, Vice President, UWGCM Youth Advisory Board, Senior at Clear Brook HS
- Taylor Gore, Secretary, UWGCM Youth Advisory Board, Senior at Clear Falls HS
- Ashley Ortamond, Officer-At-Large, UWGCM Youth Advisory Board, Senior at Santa Fe HS