Trustee Dr. Kimberley Booker (click here) and her organization Young Ladies of Elegance (click here) are hosting a School Supply Drive. She hopes many will answer the call to service and make a difference in Aldine ISD.
The Board member wants businesses and community members to help students.
Almost all public school teachers — 94% — have spent some of their own money on school supplies without reimbursement, according to a survey done by the National Center for Education Statistics. The data, published in May 2018, was collected from 2014 to 2016.
The study found that schools with a higher percentage of students in free or reduced-price lunch programs also have teachers that pay more for school supplies on average.
Every year, the District has students that start the year without supplies. Dr. Booker hopes the drive will ensure all students to have what they need.
“When kids have the tools they need, it set a positive tone for the year,” said Dr. Booker. “They can feel good about school. It will also lift the weight off teachers worried about how they are going to provide their kids with the items they need to learn.”
Dr. Booker decided to hold the drive after the start of school. This will give teachers time to see where there is a need. Dr. Booker will work with campuses on dispersing the collected school supplies.
“Every one wants the same thing,” added Dr. Booker. “We want our kids to focus on their teachers and learning. We don’t want them distracted about whether or not they have a pencil, a crayon or paper to do their homework with. I hope that everyone that can help in this great cause will donate. Let’s give students the supplies they need to succeed in the classroom.”
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