NACOGDOCHES COUNTY, TX (KTRE) - The donation of school supplies to children in need helps all students. That's according to teachers who are grateful for Community Action's annual "Supply Our Schools" project in Nacogdoches.
Michele Coats was busy preparing her second grade classroom at Central Heights Elementary on Tuesday. The first day of school is August 25.
"We keep extra notebook paper on the top shelf and construction paper, manila paper, crayons, highlighters, and pencils," Coats said.
The supplies are Coats' contribution. She's also grateful for items collected and purchased by Community Action's Project Supply Our Schools.
"Well, our learning can continue, and our classes aren't interrupted just because there's a lack of supplies," Coats said.
By month's end, these desks will be filled with students and every single one of them will need school supplies, whether it be hand sanitizer or notebook paper.
Project SOS helpers stuff backpacks for the hundreds of children to be helped.
The Family Crisis Center of East Texas' clients are at the top of the list.
"That mom is looking for a job. She's looking for a place to stay," said Susan Robertson, the community development director for the Family Crisis Center of East Texas. "She's sometimes looking for transportation, stable income and it's just one more thing on the list she would have to provide for."
"We encourage people to go ahead and donate so we can make those purchases in a very frugal way so we can stretch every dime that's given," said Karen Swenson, Community Action's executive director and Project SOS co-chair.
"On August 14, we are doing our fill the bus event at Walmart," said Jeni Blackwell, co-chair and the senior accountant for Community Action. "KSWP is going to be out there with some of the DJs. They are going to be giving away four tickets to Schlitterbaun every hour."
The incentive is just an extra bonus for providing basic school supplies to every needy child in Nacogdoches County.
The Nacogdoches Junior Forum also helps out in a big way.
Project SOS donations can be mailed or dropped off at Community Action location on West Hospital in Nacogdoches or at the "Fill the Bus" event on August 14 at the Nacogdoches Walmart.