Financial status should not determine a student’s success in the classroom. To help make sure of that, the City of Irving, Irving Fire Department, Irving Schools Foundation and several other organizations are teaming up for the annual Supplies for Success Drive, running through Aug. 6.
For the past 11 years, the drive has collected and distributed school supplies to Irving Independent School District students from low-income families. Last year, 5,000 students benefited from the event, and this year organizers are taking the drive beyond pens and pencils. Thanks to partnerships with local companies, when students pick up supplies they also can take advantage of free immunizations and haircuts. In addition to preparing students for the new school year, organizers are doing all they can to send them into the classroom looking and feeling their best.
Irving Mayor Rick Stopfer is a strong advocate for education and believes every child deserves an equal opportunity in the classroom.
“Supplies for Success lays the foundation our students need to build solid academic careers. The drive also serves as an example to these future leaders of Irving’s overwhelming willingness to support one another and the need to keep that tradition strong,” Stopfer said.
Organizers say backpacks are the most requested item, but students need an array of supplies from folders and notebooks to colored pencils. A full list school supplies can be found at CityofIrving.org/Supplies. Donations can be dropped off at any Irving fire station. Visit CityofIrving.org/Fire to find a station.
Financial donations also are accepted. Checks can be made payable to Irving School Foundation and mailed to the foundation attention Crystal Scanio, P.O. Box 152637, Irving, TX 75015-2637.
Families in need of supplies should contact their school directly. For more information about Supplies for Success, call (972) 721-4909.