Coming Together

Americans know how to unify for a common good cause. As we here at Hancock International College know well, unfortunately it sometimes takes tragedy to bring people together. Our ESL students are about to leave for their break between quarters and I wanted to send them off with good news of more important Americans making a difference in the lives of those affected by Hurricane Harvey. says, “All five living former presidents of the United States have launched a joint effort to raise money for relief following Hurricane Harvey.

Former Presidents Jimmy Carter, George H.W. Bush, Bill Clinton, George W. Bush and Barack Obama announced their “One America Appeal” to help communities affected by Hurricane Harvey. A video advertisement starring each of the former presidents is slated to air during the first game of the new NFL season Thursday night. ‘Hurricane Harvey brought terrible destruction — but it also brought out the best in humanity,’ Clinton says in the video.

‘As former presidents, we wanted to help our fellow Americans begin to recover,’ Obama says. ‘People are hurting down here, but as one Texan put it, “We’ve got more love in Texas than water,”’ George W. Bush, a former governor of Texas, says. His father, George H.W. Bush, then says, ‘We love you, Texas.’

The ‘One America Appeal’ website included information on Harvey recovery efforts and offers ways for people to donate to help victims. A statement announcing the campaign said it will also plan to help victims of Hurricane Irma ahead of its projected landfall in Florida.

‘As the nation carefully watches the advance of Hurricane Irma, the presidents stand ready to expand their appeal to help those affected by that storm,’ the statement said. ” (

You can make donations on states some important information about the hurricane:

Every storm is unique, but a look at Hurricane Harvey’s unprecedented intensity helps explain why the One America appeal came to life. According to the National Weather Service, Harvey dropped a total 51.88 inches of rain near Mont Belvieu just east of Houston. No other storm in recorded history has dropped more rain on the continental United States.

Before Harvey, the highest ANNUAL rainfall recorded at George Bush Intercontinental Airport north of downtown Houston was 49.77 inches. Some estimates are that Harvey dumped 27 trillion gallons on land, which according to the Houston Chronicle is enough to fill the Astrodome 86,000 times.

Research by the Washington Post suggests that, if Hurricane Harvey’s precipitation was confined only to where rain fell during Hurricane Katrina in 2005, it would be 128 feet deep.

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Idiom of the Day

Join Forces

Meaning: To combine one’s efforts with someone else’s efforts.

Example: The older boys joined forces with the younger ones to sing the school song.