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LIMBS International names Humble ISD Flagship District

LimbsInternationalAward Humble ISD is named a Flagship District through LIMBS International, a non-profit organization that changes the lives of amputees worldwide by providing them with prosthetics. Flagship Districts are those who provide funding for at least 30 limbs, or raise more than $9,000. Humble ISD’s fundraising and awareness campaigns resulted in 51 prosthetic legs sent to individuals in nine different countries, totaling more than $15,000 raised.

Trevor Bergman, Executive Director of LIMBS International, presented Superintendent Dr. Guy Sconzo with the award during the District’s Leadership Team meeting on Sept. 16.

“What impresses me,” said Bergman, “is Humble ISD’s commitment to service learning. I don’t know of any other school district that has a system in place to educate and train students on being global citizens.”

Four schools were also honored for their participation, including Atascocita High School, Humble High School, Woodcreek Middle School and Lakeland Elementary School. WMS was also named a Flagship School, an honor earned by campuses that are able to raise money for 10 or more limbs, for raising funds to provide 22 limbs.

It all began with four International Baccalaureate students from Humble High School. Ivan Diaz, Andrew Legall, Faran Riyaz, and Yesenia Vargas developed and implemented a simple but very effective campaign called “Out on a LIMB” to raise money for the cause. For one day, students at HHS were asked to participate in a walk-a-thon by simply wearing pedometers throughout the school day and then logging the distance traveled. This approach was used throughout Humble ISD and later shared at the International Baccalaureate Conference of the Americas in Washington, D.C., where the students were invited to serve as LIMBS Ambassadors and speak about their success.

Humble ISD’s partnership with LIMBS International has also had a positive impact on classroom learning. Learning for LIMBS provides educators with lesson plans and activities that are aligned with the state-based curriculum requirements in STEM education.

“I spent a lot of time looking for an organization that we could implement on the social action side while keeping it tied to learning,” explained Kap McWhorter, Service Learning Coordinator for Humble ISD. “STEM-based courses are really tough when it comes to keeping students engaged, because the real-world application is harder to grasp. With LIMBS, our students were able to see how what they were learning could impact the world.”

From left: LIMBS Executive Director Trevor Bergman, Atascocita High School Principal Bill Daniels, Woodcreek Middle School Principal Brent McDonald, Humble High School Principal Dr. Charles Ned, Lakeland Elementary School Principal Lucy Anderson and Superintendent Dr. Guy Sconzo accept awards on behalf of their campuses and district for their participation and success in raising funds and awareness for LIMB International.