Harvey Flooding - Friendswood -Webster

Volunteers help Lauren Scotch and her son Rhodes out of a boat after being rescued from floodwaters along West Bay Area Boulevard on the Friendswood-Webster border on Aug. 29.

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There is little more sacred in Texas than Friday night football. And Clear Creek Independent School District’s offering of free admission to two home football games today is an excellent gesture in community building following Harvey and the epic flooding and damage across our communities.

With its 2017 football season set to kick off with a full slate of games today, the district wants to shine the Friday night lights with an evening of football being dubbed “A Salute to the Heroes of Harvey” to thank the first responders, as well as a community that stepped up in awe-inspiring ways.

We’d encourage anyone to attend for a myriad of reasons. First, you can help those in need. Donations to the CCISD Cares fund will be accepted at the gates.

The CCISD Cares fund is directly benefiting district families affected by the storm by providing help with basic needs of clothing, food, toiletries and cleaning supplies. Donations of new school shoes and socks for boys and girls 3-18 years old, will also be collected at the gates.

Secondly, taking time to celebrate those who put themselves into danger for others is an important lesson to highlight in front of students. While many were affected by Harvey, this gives those who did not an opportunity to see true heroes in the flesh.

And while many first responders feel they were simply doing their jobs, we know their courage saved lives in Galveston County.

And finally, a gesture of this size and on such a powerful platform — a Friday night football stage — allows for the communities to share, reflect and appreciate the remarkable good after the terrible storm.

The two home games are Clear Springs vs. La Porte at Veterans Memorial Stadium, 2305 E. Main St., in League City; and Clear Falls vs. Pasadena Sam Rayburn at Challenger Columbia Stadium, 1955 W. Nasa Blvd., in Webster.

• Leonard Woolsey

Leonard Woolsey: 409-683-5207; leonard.woolsey@galvnews.com

President & Publisher of The Galveston County Daily News.

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