Today we announced the delivery of over 150,000 individual supply items to the Texas Parent Teacher Association (PTA) as part of the Operation Texas Strong rebuilding efforts following the devastating impact of Hurricane Harvey to Houston and the Gulf Coast Area.
“We are humbled by the resilience and resolve of Texans during the very difficult aftermath of the recent storm. Our team would not have it any other way than to lead with action in helping our neighbors recover by providing the tools and resources that teachers and students need to return to their classrooms and the joy of learning,” stated Joseph M. Yorio, President and Chief Executive Officer. “Together with the Texas PTA, we’re honored to provide support through our SSI Operation Texas Strong relief initiative and believe that enabling children and by extension their families, through well-equipped and safe learning environments, is one of the most effective ways to help the community rebuild and be productive again. We’re very grateful to all the volunteers, including our Texas PTA partners and our SSI team members who have worked tirelessly in assisting with the packing, transportation and distribution efforts. We trust the assorted supplies will meet the educational necessities of thousands of students across the various school districts.”
The donated supplies include 10,000 notebooks, 5,000 art supplies, 1,200 binders, 25,000 2-pocket folders, 1,000 packs of loose leaf paper, 44,000 basic supplies (scissors, rulers, erasers), 61,000 writing instruments (pens, pencils), 1,500 PE supplies (kickballs, etc.) and 5,000 canvas totes, among other materials. The items were delivered and will be distributed in coordination with the Texas PTA team on the ground. Allocation will take the form of individual backpacks filled with supplies for students across affected districts.
Texas PTA President Lisa Holbrook said, “Hurricane Harvey made history in a devastating way, but because of the generosity of companies like School Specialty, Harvey will understand that you ‘don’t mess with Texas.’ School Specialty’s very generous contribution of school supplies will ensure students and educators in the Gulf Coast Area can get back to their classrooms and to learning, with the hope of a great school year ahead. We thank School Specialty for helping Texas PTA make every child’s potential a reality.”
Founded in 1909 by Ella Caruthers Porter, Texas PTA is the state’s largest child advocacy group and is committed to parent education, parent involvement, and child advocacy. The non-profit organization is focused on making every child’s potential a reality by strengthening education and taking a comprehensive approach to community success.
Our team in Houston (comprising Patrick Fisk, Kevin Wong, Ana Valladares, Julie Griffin, Don Behrend, Whitney West, and Jeff Renkel) continues to drive its Operation Texas Strong humanitarian mission to assist afflicted areas in and around Texas. In addition to helping schools, the cross-functional team has been pushing a multi-tiered plan to coordinate efforts to assist with the evacuation of residents from flooded zones; distribution of food supplies and provisions; and support the clear out, cleanup and rebuilding projects at large.
If you’re interested in being a part of the movement to assist in helping communities and schools impacted by natural disasters like Hurricane Harvey, follow this link to learn more.