Residents and staff of Watercrest at Kingwood joined forces to organize the drive in order to gather supplies for teachers at Bear Branch Elementary School.
Lake Houston area community members are invited to help with the effort by bringing donations to the Watercrest’s lobby. The drive will end on Friday, Aug. 3, when at 4 p.m., the supplies will be presented to Bear Branch Elementary School representatives during a celebration hosted at the retirement community.
Watercrest is located at 24109 Kingwood Place Drive.
Drive coordinators hope to collect 150 of each of the requested supplies in order to produce 30 school supply packs, which is the number of classrooms at Bear Branch Elementary. Monetary donations can also be made and will be used to purchase supplies for the drive.
Past and present educators are among the residents who live at Watercrest at Kingwood. Also among the residents is the mother of Kakie Palmer, principal of Bear Branch Elementary School.
“Our teachers pay for a lot out of their own pockets to prepare their classrooms, and we are deeply appreciative of any assistance received to provide children the best educational experiences,” Palmer said in a press release.
Watercrest residents Jim and Sharon Bridges, whose daughter-in-law is a teacher in Austin, agreed that educators often spend their own money for the sake of their students.
“Jim recently learned of one of his own teachers who purchased a classmate’s graduation dress because she could not afford one,” Sharon Bridges said. “Little things like that demonstrate the lengths teachers go to for their students.”
It is for this reason that the retirement community may start hosting this event every year during back-to-school season.
“Teachers sacrifice for their students each year and prepare them for the years ahead,” said Terri Lowery, executive director of Watercrest. “Ensuring they have the materials to make that possible is the least we can do.”