Lubbock-Cooper ISD has raised more than $30,000 to benefit the students and staff of Aransas County ISD in Rockport, Texas as their schools recover from destruction caused by Hurricane Harvey.

District administrators adopted Aransas County ISD upon learning that, like Lubbock-Cooper, the ACISD mascot is the Pirate. The several week-long campaign was named "Pirate Strong for ACISD."

The two-part fundraising efforts began in September with each of Lubbock-Cooper's eight campuses hosting week-long coin drives among students.

Students and parents brought change from home to be collected in containers donated by AquaOne. Some campuses turned their coin drives into a competition, while others set a fundraising goal. City Bank partnered with Lubbock-Cooper to count the change received.

The district also sold approximately 2,000 "Pirate Strong" t-shirts with assistance from Local Legends Print Factory. Several Lubbock-Cooper campuses hosted "Pirate Strong" days, asking students and staff to wear their t-shirts as a display of support for Aransas County ISD schools.

"As an educator, I know that schools are often times the center and the heart of a community," said Lubbock-Cooper ISD Superintendent Keith Bryant. "It is hard for us to imagine the devastation that Aransas County ISD has experienced. They're not just repairing buildings and replacing equipment, they're restoring their school home. As fellow Pirates, we are grateful for the opportunity to support their effort, and we are grateful for the Texas school community."

All funds raised will be delivered to Aransas County ISD to be used as district administrators see fit to repair and replace items damaged by the storm.

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