Donations from Across the Country Boost East High School

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After a severe summer rainstorm flooded the basement and basketball court at East High School, the story was published across the nation and attracted the attention of many East High School and High School Musical fans. People have been very generous in their donations to the school, especially to the school's food pantry and services for needy students. We are so thankful for their support.

The following is a letter received by the school. It highlights the generosity of just one girl and her family, who flew 12 hours to give to the school, but reflects the attitude shown by so many.

Dear Friends at East High,

Bella Ullo, her brother, and East High's Family Involvement CoordinatorMy name is Bella and I live in Charleston, S.C., also known as "low country."  We live at the lowest sea level in the country. Because of this, we experience flooding almost on a daily basis.  This can be from typical thunderstorms to a hurricane or even just with high tide.  I know first hand what it is like to see a flood destroy our communities.  As a matter of fact, I was in Charleston last year during Hurricane Matthew and witnessed a lot of our friends and church families lose part or all of their homes.

East High has always been an inspiration to me.  I was 3 years old when I saw High School Musical 1.  I fell in love with your school and always told my family that I wished my school looked like yours!  The movie was a big part of my childhood because it inspired me to push harder in my music and sports.  Musically I play the full drum kit, guitar and I sing.  I've been in my school musicals since I was in 4th grade.  Last year I earned a lead role in my school musical, "The Lion King."

I decided this summer to come to Utah to visit your awesome school and city.  My mother told me that she was taking us for my birthday!  When we researched East High we saw that your school had been devastated with a flood, and your school lost  much of your boutique, that offers donations.  While I was so sad, I also had an overwhelming feeling to try to help.  My mother spoke with Miss Kris Barta and we found out what things you needed the most.

I reached out to some of the families from my volleyball team and I was so excited and amazed at their generosity.  I did not tell them that I was collecting for East High,  I just told them that a school had been devasted from a flood and lots many supplies.  That was all they needed to hear and generously jumped in to help!

I am in National Honor Society and part of my leadership is to offer help to those in need.  I instantly thought of your school and decided that I would love to make this my service project.  I would love to continue this project with your school!  To East High, the school that inspired me to try to be the best that I can in all of my goals, you gave me so much growing up, and now, I'd like to give back to your school, as much as I can!

With love and blessings,
Bella Ullo

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