Having the required school supplies is critical to success for all our students, but not all our neighbors are able to afford this expense. For the ninth year running, LTlov communicated a call for help on behalf of these families and our community responded with generous donations of the materials necessary to the learning process.
Project Supply Pack, part of LTlov’s School Supplies Program, delivered prepackaged campus and grade specific school supplies directly to more than 250 LTISD students from 125 families coded Economically Disadvantaged, on their desks at campus Back to School Night events. In addition to the prepackaged kits, our School Supplies Program committee set to work with the goal of providing ALL financially limited students with the supplies by filling backpacks with their required supplies. We were able to provide pre-filled backpacks to an additional 100 students from 45 families who either applied late or attend Lake Travis High School which does not participate in the prepackaged supply program. Our committee also provided supplies for the Cav Lounge and Buc Lounge, pre-filled backpacks for Lake Travis Crisis Ministry, and supplies for teacher’s closets. Community donations of requested school supplies, cash and gift cards made this goal attainable and all students who requested assistance received the help they needed.
LTlov is extremely grateful to the Schoen Foundation which provided a $18,000 grant to Project Supply Pack, as well as LTISD, the Lake Travis Crisis Ministries and PODER who promoted awareness of the Project Supply Pack Application process. The list of businesses, organizations and individuals who supported this year’s School Supplies Collection drive is extensive. Austin Ridge Church provided 40 filled high school backpacks, Falconhead West collected backpacks, Sonesta collected backpacks and supplies, Acts Church collected school supplies, and Tuscany Village provided backpacks and supplies. Huge thanks go to the Lake Travis Community Library, Kuper Sotheby’s, Nitro Swimming, Champions TX, Elite Wellness, Flipnastics, Chick-fil-A, and HEB Table 620 who hosted our collection bins. The consistent generosity of Lake Travis residents resulted in 16 bins full of supplies from these sites. Special thanks go to the many volunteers who helped us sort, pack and distribute supplies including the Girl Scout Troops 517 and 43109, Boy Scout Troop 52, Lake Travis Young Men’s Service League, HBMS National Honor Society, LTHS National Honor Society, and to all the volunteers who dedicated over 150 hours to this much-needed program.
In total, we were honored to provide more than 350 students from all LTISD campuses with the supplies required for success in the classroom.