Prepared and Ready to Learn!
School supplies plus love equals success in the classroom for LTISD students for the seventh year running! Each year LTlov communicates a call for help on behalf of local families who cannot afford to send their children to school with the supplies they need. Our community’s resounding “Yes!” means that our children will not lack the materials necessary to the learning process.
Project Supply Pack, part of our School Supplies Program, delivered prepackaged campus and grade specific school supplies directly to 245 students from over 100 families, coded Economically Disadvantaged, on their desks at campus Back to School Night events. Following the application deadline for campus-assigned supply packs, the School Supplies Program committee received additional requests for assistance which were filled by community donations acquired through this year’s collection drive. Collected items, including 292 backpacks, also provided basic supplies to students at Lake Travis High School who do not participate in the pre-packaged ordering system.
LTlov is extremely grateful to the Schoen Foundation which provided a $15,000 grant, Ladies of Charity-Lake Travis who provided $2,500 in funding and Lexus of Lakeway for donating a $1000 grant to fund Project Supply Pack 2017. We rely heavily on LTISD, the Lake Travis Crisis Ministries and PODER to promote awareness of the Project Supply Pack Application. The list of businesses, organizations and individuals who supported this year’s School Supplies Collection drive is extensive: First Service Residential Services Austin teamed up with Watkins Insurance, Dorsett Johnson & Swift LLP, Rough Hollow Highland Village and Tuscan Village Lakeway to provide 120 filled backpacks; Austin Ridge Church provided 30 filled high school backpacks, Sonesta Hotel donated a large box of loose supplies and Chick-fil-A, the Lakeway Veterinary Clinic, Strandz Salon, the Lake Travis Community Library, Kuper Sotheby’s, High 5, Nitro Swimming, Finley’s Barber Shop, Corrective Chiropractic, World of Tennis, Elite Wellness, HEB and Vik Complete Care hosted collection bins. For the Children, Inc., an Austin-based non profit organization, donated 12 large boxes of basic supplies. We are especially thankful for the consistent generosity of the Lake Travis community who provided 122 backpacks, basic supply items that filled 13 large bins and just under $5,000 in cash donations, including a very generous check from the West Cypress Hills Neighborhood, which will be used to fill wish list requests at LTISD campuses with the highest percentage of students who qualify for the Free & Reduced Federal Lunch Program. Special thanks go to the many volunteers who sorted, packed and distributed supplies including the Lake Travis Young Men’s Service League and the LTHS National Honor Society, to the Lake Travis School District for providing a room at the LTHS Annex to receive, sort and re-distribute supplies, and to all the volunteers who dedicated over 150 hours to this much-needed program. In total, we are honored to have served over 350 students from all LTISD campuses with the supplies they needed, with the remaining supplies used to offer a “shopping event” for LTHS teachers.