Local Students Document Hurricane Ike’s Aftermath

April 21, 2009 at 8:57 am 2 comments

Hurricane Ike tore through the Texas coast last September, completely devastating many families and leaving OneSeventeen Media’s Houston headquarters with minor damage, but without power for many days.  (The blown over back fence pictured below).


Neighboring Galveston Island endure the brunt of the storm as Ike overtook the island and left total destruction in his wake.  While the community continues to rebuild seven months later, local students at Ball High School have made what looks to be an incredible film about the experience called Ike: A Documentary.  

We’re all looking forward to an opportunity to see the film ourselves, and we applaud these students for opening themselves up and telling the stories of their community’s strength and sorrow through Ike’s aftermath.  

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  • 1. Amy Looper  |  April 21, 2009 at 12:19 pm

    So often only bad news about school bullies and other incidences get reported in the media, this is truly a “good news” story of youth putting their young filmmaking talent to good use!

    We as adults forget that when disasters happen kids get a double whack of stress- 1) they feel their own stress and 2) they feel and take in their parents stress as well. However, if we can all figure out how to engage them to take ownership of even the smallest thing(s) to actively participate in the recovery and to do what they can about taking control of what is going on around them in some small way, it gives them hope. It increases their own self-esteem and they feel valued and validated.

    The Galveston Ball High School students have done just that, taken control of what they can and are contributing by documenting their recovery. Just imagine what all they have learned about themselves and others in this process…Job well done!

  • 2. Beth Carls  |  April 22, 2009 at 8:51 am

    Yesterday, a friend and I went to Galveston to see how the recovery is going since Hurricane Ike. We were pleasantly surprised to see many restaurants and hotels open, many new shopping centers and hotels having been built and a lot of activity on the island.

    Yes, there were pockets of buildings left from the storm damage but you could see all over the island the pride the community has in their city and all the hard work they have done to get ready for summer – their biggest tourist season.

    Just as we did after 911 when we visited NYC and spent money to help with the recovery, we did our small part yesterday by buying dinner and gas while in Galveston. Those of us who live near the city should do whatever we can to show our support.

    We applaud all the work the people of Galveston Island have done and we look forward to learning more about it from the Ball High students.


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