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School starts again in Texas in August. Parents and students are preparing for the new school year by shopping for school supplies. But did you know that there is a shockingly high number of homeless students in Abilene who cannot afford them?

Abilene ISD’s Homeless Student Assistance Program helps 1,400 students who are considered homeless each year. Given the current economic climate, it is even more important to help these students who cannot afford simple things like school supplies.

Here’s how you can help.

Campaign for school supplies for the start of school

This year there are two ways to help. This Saturday, July 13th from 8am to 3pm at the Northside Walmart and then Saturday, July 27th from 8am to 3pm at the Southside Walmart.

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On these days you can make a donation, whether it’s school supplies or monetary donations. If you would like to volunteer on one of the days, click on the QR code below.

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What items are needed?

  • Backpacks
  • pencils
  • Pencils
  • Pencil case
  • colored pencils
  • Composition books
  • Folder with brads
  • 1 inch 3-ring binder
  • Markings
  • Pack of 24 coloured pencils
  • Glue
  • Glue sticks
  • Notebook Paper
  • Scissors
  • Partition walls
  • Spiral notebooks
  • Highlighter

Photo: Abilene ISD

Photo: Abilene ISD

Do you need help?

AISD will be hosting a Back to School Resource Day and Family Fun Day on Saturday, August 6. This event will provide an opportunity to learn about the valuable resources available to support your family. Each child in attendance will receive a backpack filled with school supplies while supplies last.

Photo: Abilene ISD

Photo: Abilene ISD

If you have the opportunity, stop by one of the events and help if you can.

Remember: If you and your child are in need, please contact the AISD Homeless Outreach Officer.

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