September 4, 2020
Hardin Lions Club President Savannah Ardoin helps distribute school supplies to families at Bane Elementary School on Aug. 26. Representatives from two local Boy Scouts of America districts and area Lions Clubs joined community and school volunteers to give away school supplies for approximately 3,000 students at eight CFISD elementary schools.
Sept. 4, 2020—Representatives from two local Boy Scouts of America districts and the Houston Cy-Fair Lions Club distributed school supplies for approximately 3,000 students at eight CFISD elementary schools on Aug. 26.
Community and school volunteers, including members of the Jersey Village High School volleyball team, also helped distribute supplies. Approximately 300-400 bags filled with school supplies were distributed at Bane, Danish, Francone, Frazier, Holbrook, Kirk, Matzke and Walker elementary schools during curbside meal distribution at each campus.
Originally scheduled for Aug. 27, the drive was pushed up a day due to pending inclement weather. The switch didn’t hinder the drive, as 300-400 bags of supplies were distributed at each site.
Tom Swisher, Boy Scouts Leader of Pack 1926, speaks with a family at Francone Elementary School to determine how many bags of school supplies are needed. Two local Boy Scouts of America districts and area Lions Clubs joined community and school volunteers to give away school supplies for approximately 3,000 students.
“It just worked out perfectly,” Bane Principal César Díaz said. “What I’ve experienced is some families are not always taking advantage of those services. But today, we had the opportunity to serve more. It was not only a win for the families that received those school supplies but also for those families who had the opportunity to pick up meals and receive that support.”
The idea originated years prior through grant funds that helped support back-to-school drives and health expos in Houston-area districts. Through contacts within the Cypress community, the Houston Cy-Fair Lions Club and Boy Scouts’ Copperhead and Soaring Eagle districts partnered for the supply drive in CFISD.
Jersey Village High School freshman Gavin Stockwell carries bags of school supplies to a vehicle at Danish Elementary School. Stockwell, who is a member of Boy Scouts Troop 277, was among the volunteers from two local Boy Scouts of America districts and area Lions Clubs to help distribute approximately 300-400 bags of supplies at eight CFISD elementary schools.
Supplies, which included pencils, pens, paper were placed in colored bags to specify grade levels.
“All things were positive,” said Becca Franco, Houston Cy-Fair Lions Club president. “People called in around the time they thought we’d be done and principals even called into my contacts and spoke of the amazing work. This is a hard time for people. Whether they’re doing their learning online or person-to-person, the need for school supplies doesn’t change. The kids still need the tools to do their schoolwork.”
Said Díaz: “It’s a blessing to have organizations that truly understand that it does take a village and it takes everyone to service these students and this community. It really warms your heart because you know that you’re not alone. There are organizations out there that understand the true benefit of strong partnerships, especially during these difficult times.”
Jersey Village High School junior Jade Auriemma sorts bags of school supplies at Bane Elementary School. Member of the Jersey Village volleyball team joined representatives from two local Boy Scouts of America districts and area Lions Clubs to distribute school supplies for approximately 3,000 students at eight CFISD elementary schools.