The Alvarado Indians donated $4,000 to Dallas ISD before their Thursday night game at Hillcrest.

DALLAS — Before Alvarado’s Thursday night varsity football showdown at Dallas Hillcrest, the Indians and various Alvarado ISD programs and clubs donated $4,000 to the Dallas ISD Tornado Disaster Relief Fund.

Dallas Hillcrest was among the numerous Dallas ISD schools hit hard by Sunday’s outburst of tornadoes that left severe damage in the area. Power wasn’t restored to Franklin Stadium — the site of Alvarado’s win over the Panthers — until the day before the game. And a couple of Dallas ISD school campuses will likely be a “complete loss,” according to DISD Superintendent Michael Hinojosa.

Even on a short week, the Indians came together to lend a helping hand to Dallas ISD.

“What a testament to Alvarado,” said Jeff Dixon, Alvarado’s athletic director and head football coach. “That storm hit Sunday night. Hillcrest didn’t even go to school earlier this week. On Tuesday and Wednesday, our kids put together $4,000 that we donated to the Dallas ISD Tornado Relief Fund. Most of the money had been raised through fundraisers already and it was in their activity accounts. But our students approved that. They were willing to do so on the athletic end. And then we opened it up to the district and other organizations, and people just overwhelmingly chipped in. 

“In that two-day period, $4,000 was raised and we were able to give the building principal for Hillcrest a check to go toward that relief fund that they had set up.”

Alvarado Superintendent Kenneth Estes said the gesture was a great example of the character students and educators have within Alvarado ISD.

“Our educators and students have a huge heart,” Estes said. “We love the athletic competition and we look forward to those but we see there’s more to public school education than just those competitions. We’re all in this together. I was amazed at the amount of money we raised — and it happened between Monday night and Wed — and that says a lot for the groups and organization that contributed.

“I give kudos to coach Dixon. I believe it was his idea. He’s the one that brought it to my attention. He was real excited about getting something going to help Dallas ISD. With the help of Tommy Brown, they reached out to other organizations and campus groups within the district, and raising $4,000 was huge. We just want the kids in Dallas ISD to know we care about them.”

Dixon said they gave the check to Hillcrest’s principal before the game prior to the Indians entering the field, not looking for or wanting any publicity for the gesture.

“We didn’t want any fanfare or anything,” Dixon said. “We just wanted to make sure they knew we were thinking about their community and district, and if we could do anything to help, that was one way we could. We were more than happy to do that because their community was really hit hard. Our kids took great joy in raising and OK’ing the use of those funds for this purpose. Pretty impressive. It speaks volumes for the character of Alvarado ISD. We were happy to help.”

In addition to Alvarado ISD’s generosity, many other teams and figures throughout the Metroplex have also offered assistance to DISD. 

Dallas Mavericks Owner Mark Cuban reportedly donated $100,000 to the relief fund, established by the Dallas Education Foundation. The Dallas Cowboys will also be showing their support in the coming days and weeks ahead. The Cowboys have partnered with the Salvation Army to aid tornado victims. The team is also encouraging fans to make a $10 donation to The Salvation Army’s tornado relief efforts by texting COWBOYS to 20222.

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