HISD Joins YMCA For Houston’s Biggest Back To School Drive
HISD is teaming up with the YMCA to kick off the sixth annual Operation Backpack, Houston’s largest school supply drive. This year’s goal is to supply 40,000 Houston area children, many of whom attend an HISD school, with the supplies they need to start the new school year off right.
The YMCA Operation Backpack press conference and kick-off will take place at 10:30 a.m. on Thursday at Tijerina Elementary, 6501 Sherman Street.
The event will include Houston City Councilman James Rodriguez, HISD Chief Communications Officer Aggie Alvez, Harris County Precinct 6 Constable Victor Trevino, YMCA staff and several students from Tijerina Elementary who have received supplies from past YMCA Operation Backpack efforts. Also, Tellepsen/Downtown Family YMCA day campers will perform a song and cheer with college mascots, “Shasta,” of the University of Houston, and “Mingo,” of Houston Baptist University. The mascots will also help the children fill backpacks with school supplies and place them in donation bins, followed by a march throughout the school hallway.
“I am very excited to see the efforts of the YMCA and the Houston community come together to ensure that the children of my school and other HISD schools are well prepared to engage in learning when the school year starts,” said Tijerina Principal Paola Espitia Daniels. “A small donation of a backpack can make a huge difference in a child’s life.”
Last year, YMCA Operation Backpack collected more than 18,356 backpacks and about 167,742 school supply items, thanks to generous Houston area donors. All of the items helped prepare 35,130 children for their first day of school. This year’s goal is to touch the lives of 40,000 children. The campaign runs through August 15.
Donations can be dropped off at all YMCA centers. Shoe Carnival will be participating in Operation Backpack for the second consecutive year, collecting backpacks and schools supplies at its store locations throughout the Houston area. Toyota, also a returning sponsor, will be collecting at its greater Houston area dealerships.
New this year, Houstonians can make monetary donations to Operation Backpack online. Visit www.ymcaoperationbackpack.org to contribute, as well as find additional information, including a suggested list of school supplies and a complete list of drop-off locations.
YMCA Operation Backpack collection bins also are located at participating churches across the Houston area.