Fashion Design Students Help Officer in Need

Fashion Design Students Help Officer in Need
Posted on 11/19/2019
Officer Carrillo with StudentsClick here for the video or watch below.

Students in the advanced fashion design course at Clear Lake High School used their skills for good when they completed a special service project for a Galveston County School Liaison Officer in need on campus.

Officer Nicholas Carrillo’s son, Luke, was diagnosed at seven months old with leukemia and is currently fighting the disease one day at a time. While Luke undergoes chemotherapy treatment at Texas Children’s Hospital in Houston, he wears special port-accessible onesies which have a pocket for the IV-line storage to prevent tangling.

After seeing the high price of these customized items, Officer Carrillo approached the fashion design teacher, Laura Dunham, to see if she and the students could alter normal onesies to fit Luke’s needs. Luke Carrillo

“It seemed like something that would be a really good learning experience for my students to learn how to alter these garments and learn about service for others,” said Dunham. “We took it and ran with it.”

It took the students around three weeks to complete 10 onesies. The class also collected gift cards and other items to help comfort Luke during his days in the hospital. They boxed all the items together and surprised Officer Carrillo with it one day in his office.

“It meant a lot because I love helping other people,” said Clear Lake student Hannah Smelley. “So, I was really excited to do it when Ms. Dunham told us about it.”

As word got around about Luke’s fight against leukemia, other Clear Creek ISD campuses joined in on serving the Carrillo family. Clear Lake Intermediate held a staff fundraiser to donate gift and gas cards. Students in Ward Elementary’s first grade Service Learning Club brought in gift cards, diapers, coloring books and personalized letters and presented it to the family at their meeting.

“My family is very thankful for all of the love and support we have received from CCISD,” said Officer Carrillo. “It has been really tough, but we know Luke is a fighter.”

The Clear Lake High School, Clear Lake Intermediate and Ward Elementary students and staff were honored as the “Heroes in the Hallway” at the Clear Creek ISD Board of Trustees November Meeting for their efforts to help the Carrillo family.

To follow Luke’s journey, click here.

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