The volunteer response from Houstonians has been tremendous and completely in keeping with one of the friendliest and most welcoming cities I have ever lived in.
Out here on the far west side of Houston, Katy is leading in the number of area school enrollments so far.
The Houston Independent School District enrolled 166 evacuee students Wednesday. Katy enrolled nearly 300 students this week. The Fort Bend school district admitted 54 students, and the Lamar Consolidated Independent School District had 16. Figures for other area districts weren't yet available.
There will be more in the coming weeks. They will be welcomed by this excellent school district. I have been subbing in these school libraries over the past few weeks and I am always in awe of the work the librarians do. Their facilities are wonderful. Beautiful murals dance along the walls and the shelves are filled with books. Their programs spark young imaginations, promote reading, support learning and instruct students with the skills they need to navigate and evaluate information.
Libraries are a safe havens in schools. The library is the one place where kids are free to explore and read about things that are of interest to them. The librarian is someone who is a constant in their school life. Their teachers change from year to year but the librarian gets to know their interests, reads their stories and poems, and selects books with special students in mind at times. I know I did.
In spite everything that has happened to them I hope these children will find help and comfort in thier new surroundings, especially at their library.