Starting it off right!
Since 2010, LTlov has organized school supply drives in the Lake Travis community to provide LTISD students coded Economically Disadvantaged with the supplies they need to succeed in school. Project Supply Pack was officially established and successfully completed for the 2016-’17 school year after piloting it last year. This initiative, part of LTlov’s School Supplies Program, allows us to purchase prepackaged campus and grade specific school supplies directly through each LTISD elementary and middle school’s supply ordering program. Students receive these supply packs on their desks at each campus’ Back to School Night events. We received applications from 95 families for 199 students. Following the deadline we received an additional 65 applications for 98 students in need of help. These requests were filled by community donations.
Our sincere and heartfelt thanks belong to the Ladies of Charity-Lake Travis who provided $5000 in funding for Project Supply Pack, the Lake Travis Crisis Ministries and PODER who promoted and provided our Project Supply Pack Application, LTHS student Caroline Storm who collected surplus 2015 supplies from LTISD campuses that were used to fill Pre-K application orders, Austin Ridge Church who donated 25 backpacks filled with supplies for Lake Travis High School application orders and HEB, Lakeway for their generous donation of 40 backpacks. As qualified participants in For the Children, Inc, we received 30 boxes of basic supplies. As always, we are humbled and extremely grateful for the consistent generosity of the Lake Travis community who provided 130 backpacks, many basic supply items and $2,420 in cash donations which were used to purchase specific supply items and to fill campus with list requests, including a request from Lake Travis Elementary School for 100 personal head-sets. Thank you to the businesses who hosted our collection bins: Lake Travis Community Library, Strandz Salon, Chick-Fil-A, Kuper Sotheby’s, Bee Cave Family Chiropractic, Moreland Properties, Elite Wellness, the World of Tennis and WOT Pilates.
In total we served over 300 students in the LTISD school area with the supplies required by each child’s campus and grade level. Remaining supplies were used to stock “teacher’s closets” at the high school coordinated by Ms. Jennifer Gidley, AP Environmental Science teacher and at Lake Travis Middle School. We would also like to extend our considerable gratitude to the Lake Travis School District and Mr. Darnell Horton who kindly coordinated a room for us at the LTHS Annex to receive, sort and re-distribute supplies to students whose families missed the Project Supply Pack order deadline and to the many volunteers who dedicated approximately 100 service hours to this much-needed program.