Paris ISD teachers seeks community support as the district’s Care Closets saw an influx of need during the COVID-19 pandemic in 2020.
“Restocking our closets is vital to our community,” Crockett Intermediate School’s Principal Secretary Cecilia Lester said. “You would be amazed at how many kids just need deodorant or toothpaste.”
Each year, prior to the start of school, teachers gather for a convocation meeting “to kick off our new school year.” During this meeting, teachers who bring in bundled items of three are entered into a drawing to win prizes donated by businesses, organizations, etc.
“At that time, we give our employees the opportunity to help ‘restock’ items that are of the greatest need to our students and families – this ranges from everything from hairbrushes to bath soap,” She said. “We love for our teachers and staff to get involved and for our new – and all employees – to see that there is a need and they can help to refill our shelves.”
Businesses, organizations and individuals can donate items such as gifts, gift cards, services like oil changes and other items.
“Not only does this help our students, but it also gives local businesses a little extra advertisement,” Lester said.
Lester said these care closets aren’t used solely by Paris ISD, but if another district is in need, “they reach out, and we make it happen.”
Paris ISD has Care Closets at all campuses, with the main closet at Crockett Intermediate School.
Anyone who wishes to donate gift cards, any services or goods, contact Lester at firstname.lastname@example.org, 832-922-0687 or direct line at 903-609-4414.