Harvey Relief


The Southwest Schools family pledges to support one another in the aftermath of the devastating floods caused by Hurricane Harvey. Join with us to help the student families and staff members who have been impacted by this terrible disaster.

Dear Southwest Schools Community,

As we transition from the impact of such an historic event as Hurricane Harvey to creating a new normalcy in our district for our staff, students, and parents, my thoughts continue to be with you for peace, safety and strength. The recovery from such a devastating weather event is never easy, yet I am comforted by the compassion and humanity of people like our Southwest community.

The next few weeks and the ongoing recovery of our region will be long and difficult. As is our culture, the Southwest Schools family will support one another and we’ll get through this together.

We invite you to donate to the relief effort that will directly aid our student families and staff members who have been impacted by this terrible disaster.

Please continue to check the districts website at https://www.swschools.org, Facebook, and Twitter to obtain important updates regarding the start of school and information and resources to support you and your family during this unexpected transitional time. If you have any questions or need to leave a message for your campus you can respond by email to info@swschools.org.

These recent bright skies give us a renewed sense of hope and are a reminder that our community is full of light and love; let’s continue to lean on each other!

All the best,

Janelle James
Superintendent / CEO of Schools 

Dr. Spyros Catechis


SWS Hurricane Relief Flyer

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All donations will go directly to Southwest Schools hurricane victims.

Donate Online
Select “Other” and enter “Hurricane Relief” in the text box.

Donate by Check
Make checks payable to Southwest Schools and include Hurricane Relief in the memo line.


September 5th-8th

All Southwest Schools Campuses open to collect donations and to hand out donated items to families in need from 8:00-3:30

  • School Supplies
  • First Aid Items
  • Non-Perishable Food
  • Baby Diapers, Baby Formula
  • Clothing (all sizes)
  • Cleaning Supplies

Stories of Support

A snapshot of families in need from Bissonnet Elementary

All three boys in the Duarte family are students at Bissonnet Elementary.  Their single mother has been sleeping in her car at night while the boys stay with friends from church.  During the day, they have gathered at the family apartment to clean what they can.  This family lost everything – the boys’ school supplies, all their clothing and all of their household items.  We were able to provide some items, but they will need much more help.

The mother of Mayra Blanco came to school late yesterday.  She was almost in tears.  We had already run out of food, but we gave her as many supplies as we could.  We are hoping to reach her family as more supplies and inflatable mattresses were donated since she came in.

As soon as we opened our doors to the campus, families and their stories of tragedy have been pouring in.  We will continue to check on and support our students as we make our way to their homes to check on them and their families.

Pamela Sailors, Principal, Bissonnet Elementary