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Day of Action 2015 Equips Youth for High School and College

Deserving young people will head to high school and college this with fall with more than $14,000 worth of school supplies donated or purchased with cash contributions during United Way’s 2015 Day of Action.

Among the items contributed were pencils, pens and highlighters; Post-it-Notes, spiral notebooks; towels and laundry baskets; composition books, legal pads and file folders; backpacks; reams of paper; flash drives; and gift cards. Even “wish list” items such as scientific calculators, a laptop bag and a printer were provided by generous donors. The cash contributions, including $1,000 from Deloitte University, were used to buy additional school supplies.

Some of the donated items are being given to Girls Incorporated of Tarrant Countymembers who are beginning college this fall. Some of the girls come from families who have never had a family member attend college before. Other school supplies are being given to Fort Worth ISD students attending IROC! (I’m Ready for the Opportunity of College) summer camp prior to high school.

Organizations that helped make Day of Action 2015 a success by donating school supplies were AT&T CWA 6201 Pioneers, Delta Airlines, First Command Financial Services, Lockheed Martin AERO Club, Pier 1 Imports, Ryder Integrated Logistics, United Way Women’s Leadership Council and XTO Energy Inc.

Volunteers organized the supplies at the United Way office before they were picked up by representatives from Girls, Incorporated (above right) and Fort Worth ISD. Others from Pier 1 Imports, Ryder Integrated Logistics and the United Way Women’s Leadership Council wrote notes to the young people receiving the school supplies, encouraging them to persevere and aim high in school this fall.

Displaying donated backpacks in the photo at top are (from left) Amy Rasor and Jennifer Limas of the Girls, Incorporated staff and Pat Woodard and Robin Moore (foreground) of United Way of Tarrant County.