These kids joined dozens of other volunteers clearing the wreckage from homes where help is in short supply. In the morning, throughout the afternoon, they arrived at Northway Church on Walnut Hill across the street to the devastated Cary Middle School and TJ campuses, to offer what assistance they could on their last day off before going west to a new school. He was running point when I walked up around 10 Tuesday morning.
He said there would be meals, too, for volunteers and residents in coming days and nights, provided by nearby restaurants with food and electricity. To this vision, I can attest: Two years ago, when church leaders became aware of the rising homeless population , the congregation began feeding and clothing those students, and offering after-school programs for kids who had nowhere else to go.
Tuesday morning Northway sent emails to alumni asking for volunteers to fill out its relief teams that would be dispatched into Midway Hollow, filled with single-story wood frames whose roofs and trees had been shattered Sunday night. But there was no shortage of help. Young professionals, not all Northway congregants, took the day off to pack the parking lot, asking where to go; so, too, students and coaches from Dallas Baptist University and other nearby universities.
There were also far-flung strangers who had driven hours to help.
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The TJ students were assigned to teams spearheaded by grown-ups who would work the chainsaws and climb roofs to cover bare patches with tarps, to shield what remained from the coming cold rains — up to three inches expected Thursday, desperately needed but arriving at the worst possible time. Some students would be dispatched through neighborhoods, carrying bags full of lunches and bottled water.
Avila climbed on the roof; oh, the fearlessness of youth.
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The young women from TJ who had gone to deliver lunches returned to help throw heavy limbs and logs into one of the countless piles beneath which Witham Street is now buried. The work took hours, straight through lunch into the mid-afternoon. As a result, TJ had a concrete and specific Individualized Education Plan IEP that schools were working to follow — but the plan was based on the wrong diagnosis. He went to school after school, sometimes receiving the services deemed by the plan and sometimes not, but never getting the services that he truly needed.
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The article shows how intimidating it can be to navigate the complexities of a massive bureaucratic system, anticipate challenges and upcoming decisions, and ensure progress is being made. For starters, this person could have pushed for a reevaluation and re-diagnosis for TJ when it was clear no progress was being made. She already knew that.
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