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Northeast Times | September 27, 2021

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KISD: SVES Principal Named Hometown Hero for Harvey Relief Efforts

KISD: SVES Principal Named Hometown Hero for Harvey Relief Efforts

Keller ISD is proud to honor Sunset Valley Elementary School Principal Kristen Eriksen as a Northeast Tarrant Chamber Hometown Hero for her extraordinary efforts helping schools in need during Hurricane Harvey.
Eriksen was recognized at the Chamber’s 15th Annual Hometown Heroes Celebration on April 19 at The Bowden in Keller.

In late August of 2017, Eriksen was watching Harvey’s wrath on the news when she logged onto a Facebook page dedicated to campus leaders. Heartbroken over the utter devastation, she started to rally her colleagues to pull together to help.

“My mind just got set on what teachers and kids would have when they came back from the storm,” Eriksen said. “I thought, ‘What can I do?'”

The Facebook page is typically dedicated to sharing team-building ideas, instructional strategies, and tips on technology tools; but that day, Kristen decided to post a different kind of question: What if we created an adopt-a-school program to help colleagues affected by Harvey?

Within an hour, there were nearly 100 positive responses. From there, she created a Google spreadsheet where principals could detail their campuses’ specific needs, and soon the list was being shared across the country.
Ultimately, principals from around Texas, Louisiana, Maryland, Alabama, Tennessee, Minnesota, Pennsylvania, Georgia, South Carolina, New York, Arizona and more quickly signed up to help; and by Labor Day, 320 Harvey-impacted schools were adopted.