Helping Kids Start the School Year on the Right Foot

Did you know the average cost of sending a child back to school with basic supplies in our area is $50 and climbing? It’s true, and we’re happy to help lessen that burden for 1,000 families in our area by partnering with an important community organization. The Fort Bend County Collaborative Information System (FBCCIS) is hosting the fourth annual countywide “Back to School Bash” from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. this Saturday, Aug. 4, at University of Houston, Sugar Land campus to distribute the supplies to preapproved students.

With the help of Sprint Waste and other individual and commercial donations, the FBCCIS will help more than 1,000 school-age children in the county begin the new year right. Eligible children who meet family income guidelines and attend Fort Bend ISD, Lamar CISD, Katy ISD, Stafford MSD and Needville ISD schools will receive a new backpack filled with school supplies and a new pair of shoes at the fun-filled event Saturday.

“As our families gear up for back-to-school time, it’s easy to forget how many kids in our area can’t afford the basic necessities to begin the new school year,” said Reagan Swinbank, Sprint Waste Services partner. “We’re happy to continue Sprint’s support of this fun event and even more thrilled to help these kids get off on the right foot with a brand new pair of shoes.”

FBCCIS is a collaboration of nonprofit organizations and county agencies whose purpose is to offer human needs services in the four priority areas of poverty, hunger, housing and healthcare. Current members include East Fort Bend Human Needs Ministry, Fort Bend Seniors Meals on Wheels, Second Mile Mission Center, Rosenberg/Richmond Helping Hands, Katy Christian Ministries, Fort Bend County Social Services and Fort Bend County Community Paramedics.

The ‘Back to School Bash’ gets no government funding and relies on support from area businesses, individuals and places of worship.

What can you do to help? The FBCCIS is accepting donations of backpacks, crayons, color pencils, loose-leaf notebook paper, highlighters, pens (black or blue), pencils, glue sticks, folders with brads and pockets, composition notebooks, three-ring binders and scissors. Cash donations are also accepted, and volunteers are needed to help with distribution of supplies, backpacks and shoes on the day of the event.

For additional information, please contact Vickie Coates at 281.261.4902. To donate online to Supply Our Students, click here.