In our continued effort to Educate, Relate, and Innovate, Essexville Hampton Public Schools is
proud to announce Project D.U.K.E . wherein all funds raised will go specifically into an account
to meet key essentials for students and/or their families.
Project D.U.K.E. ( D onating & U niting for K ey E ssentials) can help alleviate financial
burden that some families are facing. Superintendent, Matthew Cortez, says, “Many times we
take for granted that everyone has a winter coat, pair of boots, gloves and hats to keep them
warm in the winter.” He goes on to say, “There are families that struggle to make ends meet.
Our goal is to build a foundation for continuous support of our students and families during their
time of need.”
Fundraisers will be held periodically to raise funds that are specifically earmarked to go into this
account. Donations are always welcome and truly appreciated. Cortez states, “We hope to
build this fund in order to assist every child and/or their family. We can not stand by and watch
our families/students suffer due to missing key essentials.”
Administrators at each building will aid in identifying those students/families. We hope to
address everyday needs, but even more when catastrophic illness or emergencies arise.
Our first district fundraiser, Crazy Hat Day, will be held on Wednesday, October 4. Each
student can pay $1 to wear a crazy hat. Judges will choose one student from each building that
they feel has the craziest and most outrageous hat. Each winner chosen will receive a prize.
The whole is greater than the sum of its parts. ~ Aristotle