CORPUS CHRISTI, TX — Although Alice Independent School District is out for the summer, staff members are still working to make the lives of their students easier.
That's because, for the first time, they hosting a school supply drive.
“It's a drive for any kind of school supplies, and it started on July 8th, and it’s going to continue through August 9th,” said Ofelia Hunter, public information officer for Alice ISD.
Hunter says the push for a drive started when the district's administration office received a phone call from a father of 6 children, saying he was struggling financially and asked if there was any help available to help pay for supplies for the upcoming school year.
The district responded by starting the drive box, which encourages anyone in the community to stop by the administration building and donate any items they can for students in need.
“We're just asking the community to help us out with whatever they can it doesn't have to be a great amount it can be a couple of crayon boxes, pencils, pens, anything that the kids may need for the beginning of the year,” said Hunter.
The school supply drive is less than a week old and has already expanded to two private businesses, CVS and Cricket, both want to do their part in providing for Alice families in need.
The manager of the local Cricket went as far as to offer her customers an incentive for donating.
“We’re also offering 15 percent off of accessories if you donate anything,” said Elizabeth Tijerina. “Anything will help the kids you know so that they can start off the school year right.”
Hunter says now anyone looking to donate can drop off supplies at either cricket, CVS, or the Alice ISD administration building.
“I went by to start off the drive, and you can get a lot of things that are two for a dollar or just a dollar each, so you don't have to spend a lot of money and still be able to help us out,” said Hunter.
Families looking to be helped can contact the administration office for information on how to get supplies.