Supply Bucket partnered with Mayor Irvin's office and IPSD 204 in early Septermber, 2017 to facilitate a school supply drive to help the students displaced by hurricane Harvey. 18 IPSD 204 schools supported the efort by putting "Supply Buckets" in their schools. With the assistance of IPSD 204, updated communications were sent to families of the participating schools related to the effort and how they could help. After 10 days of collections, IPSD picked up the collected supplies and delivered them to a single school pick-up location. The next day, the City of Aurora picked up every donation from IPSD 204 and delivered the supplies to the City of Aurora's central warehouse. Two days later, 185 volunteers worked to pull, sort, re-purpose, organize and pack over 200,000 school supplies for the students of Houston. Thousands of families participated in donating gently used and new school supplies to help those students left with nothing in Houston, in an effort to get them back on a path of "normal".
On average, a K-12 student takes 20-25 "supplies" with them on the first day of school. (pack of 6 pens = 1 item, 12 crayons = 1 item, 12 pencils = 1 item, Spiral notebook = 1 item)
Doing the math.......... think of what we did together for the kids of Houston!!!! Thank you to all that have helped put the initiative of re-purposing school supplies for those in need ........ in the news, on social media and in the hearts and the conversations of so many folks that will help support so many students in the years to come.