Now, with the first week of school completed, teachers said the initiative is like a breath of fresh air.
"It's been a big relief not to have to worry about the kids who don't come with their supplies, you know? I mean, it's all available," said Alicia Hernandez, a Pre-K 4 teacher at Diboll Primary School. "We actually had it before we got the kids--before school started. We were able to put them all out and have them ready for them."
For 10 months, Diboll ISD administrators have been working hard to make sure every kid in their district doesn't go empty handed on the first day of school, and Diboll Primary Principal, Diana Moore, said the initiative is great.
"It's been great. We've had a lot of positive parent comments about it because it's saving them so much money," Moore said. "A lot of our parents have two or three kids so by the time they buy all those school supplies for all those kids, it becomes quite expensive."
Parents were only expected to buy a few items for the school year, and Hernandez said that parents of kids in her class were only spending about $10.
"It's been a big help because when we do run out of stuff, nine out of ten, instead of going to a parent, or Ms. Moore, we'll just go out and go get it ourselves," Hernandez said. "I know last year, I ended up buying tons of glue sticks because that was one of the things that we go through so fast. So, if you don't have a lot of parental support in your classroom as far as helping with that kind of thing, you spend lots of money on yourself."
Hernandez said she is also a parent of three and only spent about $30 this year on school supplies. Meanwhile, Moore said the shipment had plenty of supplies for extras.
"They have plenty with what we've ordered. So, every kid was allotted school supplies. We had a certain number that came in for every student on the campus so they have enough supplies for every student," Moore said.
Diboll ISD Superintendent Gary Martel said there was a delayed shipment to the high school, but other than that they really haven't had any other problems. He also said that because of how well the initiative has gone they are already starting to prepare the budget for school supplies for the next school year.
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